A public school district in Henrico County, Virginia, held a ‘Signing Day’ ceremony for its students that plan on entering the workforce immediately after their high school graduation.
In Henrico County alone, more than 5,000 students earned certifications in technical and industrial job fields. This grants them the opportunity to begin a job right after graduation. Similar to how athletes sign letters of intent for colleges or other students boast their university acceptance letters, those who decided to join the workforce now have that same recognition.
Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, said via Facebook that, “Signing Day is a way of recognizing their hard work and the value of the career-preparation training they’ve received through Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program.” This ceremony effectively demonstrates that continual need for young and enthusiastic minds to enter the workforce; and for this, they should be commended.
The celebration, held in late March 2018, was officially dubbed “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day.” Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from their future employers, and discussed their training, benefits, and overall position with the company. Similar to how the ceremony goes for athletes, the students signed letters of intent while donning garb to represent their commitment to their future working together.
Beaton continues, saying “This is a celebration of students who are entering the workforce or post-secondary training with a plan. They’ve chosen to maximize their high school opportunities for career training and industry certifications, with an eye on becoming successful and financially secure much earlier in life.”
Family and friends gathered to join in recognizing the accomplishments of these individuals, proving that this is another way forward after graduation. The answer doesn’t always have to be college; for some, this is a much more fulfilling, enjoyable, and successful path to their future.
Check out the original Facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools/posts/1679712538789231