National Signing Day set for Feb. 20

National Signing Day set for Feb. 20

Tue Jan 28, 2020 at 10:56 AM

The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is sponsoring the seventh annual National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day on Thursday, February 20, 2020. The local ceremony will be held in the Weldon Stevenson Student Center on the north campus of North Arkansas College from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  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, Kansas held the first CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day in 2014, and the event has grown exponentially ever since. Last year, sixty-two 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 fourteen 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.

North Arkansas College is committed to providing an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. No form of sexual discrimination will be tolerated. See the full North Arkansas College Title IX Policy and Procedures for the specific definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including examples of such conduct.