Grand Island delivers the wow factor, on a special first day of school in Nebraska's first high tech high school.
"Welcome to Career Pathways," teacher Dave Klimek said, shaking a student's hand.
Everyone here is the new kid in school, even the teachers.
Even Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robin Dexter helped kids find their way around.
"So you're late," she told one student, who explained he showed up to the wrong school.
"It's a typical first day of school," program coordinator Daniel Phillips said.
But it's no typical school. This is Grand Island's much anticipated Career Pathways Institute.
"I'm just amazed they did this. I didn't expect them to," Senior Bryce Bohlender said.
Austin Shroder is studying drafting, with an interest at going into architecture.
"I feel pretty special in one of these environments," he said.
Thomas Kinman added, "It's really nice to be somewhere that a school gives us this opportunity to learn something that'll help us."
There's nothing like it around. In fact, Grand Island leaders traveled to Arizona to get ideas for the new type of learning.
Superintendent Dr. Rob Winter said, "This is four years in planning, last two years working hard but we have kids in the building, Career Pathways Adams Street Campus is open and it's a wonderful day."
It's not a standalone school. Kids spend half the day here, half at Grand Island Senior High.
Some tech classes will still be on the main campus, and some at the Community College, but all with the same goal.
Student Kris Einspahr was impressed. "They're trying to get ahead of themselves and get trained for college and ready, and I see that and I like that."
All along, administrators said they wanted to bring the wow factor to get kids and staff excited.
"This is the holy grail of former shop teacher to be in a position like this," coordinator Daniel Phillips said.
It's a good first impression.
"Wow," Dave Klimek said.
They're giving kids tools they need for the workforce.
"They got it. Right on it," one student said, giving it a thumbs up.
This new school is not just based in theory, but they have partnered with industry to make sure kids get the skills needed to fill jobs in the community.