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cokebottleag
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High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
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But one school system in Virginia wanted to celebrate a different life-changing moment for the seniors who were starting careers right after graduation. In Henrico County, public school administrators held a ceremony in late March called "Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day."

"This is a celebration of students who are entering the workforce or post-secondary training with a plan," said Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, in a Facebook post. "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."

The students met with representatives from their future places of employment and both signed letters outlining what they would do before and during employment, as well as what training and compensatory benefits the employer would provide, and an estimate of the position's overall value.


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Even "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe shared the school system's post on his own Facebook page, commenting, "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 ... Here's hoping others will follow Henrico's lead."




Wtodd
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Virginia


Where are the dudes in the white robes?


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The Maj
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They should have included the kids that have deferred entry into the military, I am sure there are plenty of those as well...

Every high school should be partnered with a trade school and should be able to offer programs that allow the kids to do dual enrollment for their last two years of high school... Graduate with a HS diploma and a TS certification on the same day...


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re: High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
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Every high school should be partnered with a trade school and should be able to offer programs that allow the kids to do dual enrollment for their last two years of high school... Graduate with a HS diploma and a TS certification on the same day...


We are actually starting to do that with the jumpstart pathway to graduation in Louisiana. The kids are not fully certified in every field, but they get the basic stuff. It cuts their tech school time in half. It's really great. I would rather see these kids just go to trade school after sophomore year.

We are reinventing the wheel and for the better.


chalmetteowl
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Wonder how long it's been since someone signed D1 there...


UGATiger26
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I think that's fricking fantastic. It's a great way to de-stigmatize not going to college.

We need to eradicate from our culture the mindset that going to a four-year college after high school is the "ideal."

It's a huge waste of time for a lot of people, and they could be making bank at 21 years old while their peers are $40,000 in debt from student loans.
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gthog61
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Henrico county is suburban Richmond so probably last week.


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The Maj
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The kids are not fully certified in every field, but they get the basic stuff. It cuts their tech school time in half.


Yeah, here a kid with good enough grades can dual enroll with the local JUCO and graduate with an associates and a HS diploma...

The trade program is available for the students here but the GPA requirement for the dual enrollment is like 3.5. Most of your trade school type guys are going to be between 2.5 and 3.0 (maybe 3.5) but on the trade side of things excel...

When I questioned the "why not", I was told that the school system did not get credit for kids dual enrolling in the trade program or as much credit as those doing the standard dual enrollment for "college"... This has an affect on their annual report card, so they push the JUCO over the trade side...

They could easily get certifications in welding, airframe and power plant, diesel mechanic, etc... Graduate and pretty much step into a damn good paying job...
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SWCBonfire
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re: High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
Burleson, TX has been doing this for a while IIRC. I'm sure there are many others as well. While I agree that the research and discussions with prospective employers are great, the ceremony is more millennial (gen Z?) "give me the attention I crave" BS.


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CoachChappy
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They could easily get certifications in welding, airframe and power plant, diesel mechanic, etc... Graduate and pretty much step into a damn good paying job...



I agree. That's why we should let kids go after Sophomore year. Just go straight to trade school. I can tell you that we can identify the non-4 year university bound kids in middle school. Why bother to keep trying to cram the same info on them year after year? They will literally never use what they learn in algebra or biology.


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Wednesday
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I’m glad to hear Louisiana is doing this. So. So. Important.


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RockyMtnTigerWDE
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re: High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
This is awesome to see. There is plenty of opportunity for kids to start earning sooner than their counterparts going to universities.

Many of these kids end up with an advanced degree to further their upward mobility as well.

Having a signing day to honor them is great stuff, and I agree with one poster who suggested those choosing to go into military service should be recognized too.


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braindeadboxer
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re: High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
We were on block schedule at my high school while I was there. It worked out that if you did well during 9th - 11th grade, you could potentially only go to school a half a day for half a year your senior year.

Paired with that, we had a fantastic welding program that partnered with the local ABC organization. Quite a few of my classmates took 4 years of welding while going to the ABC school their senior year.

The result was they graduated high school as certified combination welders and jumped straight into the workforce marking $30-$35 an hour plus OT, plus benefits. These guys were making 6 figures between per diem and OT. Now granted they worked 80 plus hours a week, 7 days a week for months on end away from home, but that’s a great opportunity for a young, healthy guy to get ahead.


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KillTheGophers
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re: High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
This is great

If you are not planning to become a doctor, engineer, accountant, medical related field, etc. then you should really look at avoiding college - it is becoming a very expensive proposition.



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idlewatcher
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re: High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
This is awesome and gives hope to these kids that can't attend college or JC due to financial constraints or caring for parents etc.

Good for these kids


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MoarKilometers
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They should have included the kids that have deferred entry into the military, I am sure there are plenty of those as well...

Signing day for everyone, like this is the new participation trophy


The Maj
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Signing day for everyone, like this is the new participation trophy


So, you obviously value a kid that is going to college to play a sport over one that is going straight to the military?

Personally, I think the praise and adoration should be reversed but maybe you think military service is not worthy of praise?


Damone
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That is awesome


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SWCBonfire
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re: High School conducts "Signing Day" ceremony... for students entering the workforce
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So, you obviously value a kid that is going to college to play a sport over one that is going straight to the military? Personally, I think the praise and adoration should be reversed but maybe you think military service is not worthy of praise?


Obviously, I can't speak for the person in question but this brings up a good point. You shouldn't have ceremonies for simply taking care of your business. That goes for the stupid signing day crap that ESPN has popularized. - insert old man yells at cloud here -
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chalmetteowl
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They have those ceremonies bc not everyone can play D1 athletics... More people can weld or join the military


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