Over 200 Venice Skills Center students representing diverse backgrounds from more than 20 countries around the world graduated during a ceremony Thursday, June 18th.

Eighty of the 200 graduating students were in attendance to receive their certificates.

The Venice Skills Center opened in 1968 to offer classes in career and technical education.

“Today’s graduation proves what hard work and determination can accomplish,” Venice Skills Center principal Cynthia Tollette told the graduates.

Mark Antonio Grant, special assistant to City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and guest speaker, added, “You should be very proud to have achieved your career goal. Now you can take this success to your community and make a difference.”

The Venice Skills Center’s industrial technology, business and healthcare classes offer a placement opportunities program in which some of the classes have a placement success rate of 90 percent. Many of the students have already received jobs, as only 12 of the 36 dental graduates were able to attend the ceremony.