‘Signing Day’ Recognizes High School Seniors Starting Jobs, Not College

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The young people found high school graduation as one of the most significant milestones in their life.

The diploma is a hard-earned reward for years of study and work, but it is additionally a prerequisite for almost all opportunities in the workforce.

After completing high school, the majority of students even don’t look back, because they are much too concerned with looking ahead. They are, actually, trying to decide what to make of their lives going forward.

Even though possibilities seem endless, they are feeling limited at the same time, due to the lack of confidence what they really want in their life.

Many of the students attend college after high school, which attitude has increased exponentially in the past few years. Others take another route, so it is interesting to see what does the future hold for those young people.

Signing Day Takes on a New Meaning

For American students, National Signing Day is a special occasion. Following this tradition, many students and athletes receive recognition for achieving their goal of being accepted into the college of their choice.

The high school seniors sign binding Letters of Intent for a place on a college sports team, and they are publically commended by their close family and friends.

According to the public schools of Henrico County, Virginia, the athletes aren’t the only ones who deserve to have their hard work recognized. In 2018, the Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program held it’s first ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day.”

Signing Day at Henrico Schools

At this event, students of these schools met publically with representatives of their future employers, making the deals by signing the letters-of-intent by both sides and outlining details of employment after graduation.

In these letters is included:

  • What students must do before and during employment?
  • What are the benefits?
  • About the provided training by the employer, and
  • An overall estimate of the position’s value.

According to an official statement by Henrico County Public schools, the idea behind this new take on ‘Signing Day’ is to recognize students who chose to “maximize their high school opportunities for career training and industry certifications,”

The students set on career success and financial security, which are equally worth celebrating with the same level of excitement as their college-bound peers.

This National Signing Day has fully treatment by all interested parties, the employers, students, families, and members of the media.

The students are wearing hats or other clothing representing the company they would soon work for or representing their school, and the school division’s CTE program.

Change for the Future

The news outlets, media, and other schools met this way of organizing Signing Day in Henrico County’s CTE with an overwhelmingly positive reception.

Here is a glowing commentary of TV host Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” shared on the Facebook post:

“This is the way forward. No attempt to close the skills gap will ever succeed, until or unless we celebrate those who are willing to learn a skill that’s in demand.

This is not just a terrific idea, it’s a model for every other technical school in the country”

Thankfully, that is followed by some other schools, like Construction Careers Academy in San Antonio. In this school, a signing ceremony is to recognize students who had earned jobs after the school’s spring career fair.


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