CTE signing day scheduled Feb. 20
The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is sponsoring the seventh annual National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day on Feb. 20. A local ceremony will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Weldon Stevenson Student Center on the north campus of North Arkansas College in Harrison. High school students enrolling at the Northark Technical Center as college students for the 2020-21 school year will take part in a signing ceremony that recognizes their intention to pursue a technical career pathway.
Parents, grandparents, educators, administrators, industry partners and the public are invited.
Signing Day mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college, but instead of athletes, NC3’s Signing Day is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and to celebrate the dignity of work.
Washburn Tech in Topeka, Kan., held the first CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day in 2014, and the event has grown exponentially ever since. Last year, 62 schools participated, with over 5000 students signing Letters of Intent, with ceremonies tied together by live, nationwide simulcasts.
“By signing incoming students to Letters of Intent, we’re telling them that a place has been reserved for them and that they are valued. Technical education will prepare them for a strong career,” said Roger Tadajewski, NC3’s executive director. “NC3’s 14 global partners are excited about this opportunity because it validates students and provides an opportunity for industry representatives to meet these future workers.”
Together with NC3’s 14 national industry partners, local area business and community leaders along with schools’ own corporate partners participate in Signing Day both to show support and to provide information to students and their families. Students and family members are afforded opportunities to interact with potential future employers and learn more about high-demand jobs.