In order to help close the skills gap and raise awareness of career options in the skilled trades, the Carroll County Career and Technology Center participated in the SkillsUSA National Signing Day on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Career and Technology Center was one of approximately 300 schools across the U.S. participating in National Signing Day sponsored by Klein Tools, which recognized over 2,500 students nationwide.
“We are thrilled we were able to partner with SkillsUSA and Klein Tools for the first-ever National Signing Day,” says Bill Eckles, principal of the Career and Technology Center. “As the shortage of skilled workers worsens, we at the Tech Center encourage students to enter this rewarding industry upon graduation. Our seniors should be very proud of everything they have accomplished at the Tech Center as they continue to further their education and training post-graduation. We wish them all the best as they prepare for their lifelong careers.”
In a style similar to “National Signing Day” events for high school student athletes, 17 seniors were recognized as they signed their “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training. Students were celebrated among school administrators, teachers, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends, as they take the next step in their education in residential wiring, building trades and renovations, HVAC or welding. High school seniors also received a Klein Tools Signing Kit, which included a hat, t-shirt, and their first pair of Klein Tools pliers to begin their lifelong careers.
“This was an exciting day for our students as they committed to careers in the skilled trades,” says Mike Campanile, Masonry Instructor and SkillsUSA co-advisor. “These seniors have worked hard over the years to prepare for this next chapter of their lives. Through their education at the Tech Center, our seniors understand the hard work needed to be successful in the trades. This recognition is very well deserved for each and every one of them.”
“The first National Signing Day was a success thanks to CCCTC and its students,” says Mark Klein, co-president of Klein Tools. “Best of luck to these students as they enter the skilled trades to start their careers with their first pair of Klein Tools pliers.”
For more information on National Signing Day, visit: www.kleintools.com/nsd. For more information on the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, visit: www.carrollk12.org/ctc.