Henrico, Va. May 19, 2022 — On Tuesday, students and their future employers will gather to make their plans official at Henrico County Public Schools’ annual Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day. The event recognizes seniors who have earned industry credentials and are entering the workforce. When the event debuted in March 2018, it sparked hundreds of calls to HCPS from school divisions across the country asking for advice on replicating the idea.
The fourth installment will last several hours on May 24 and be organized into smaller ceremonies, by industry. The signing day will again be held at the Junior Achievement Finance Park, on the third floor of Henrico County Public Library’s Libbie Mill branch. There will be limited public attendance, with space reserved for families, guests and members of the media. Aimee Rogstad Guidera, Virginia’s secretary of education, is scheduled to attend. The event will be livestreamed here https://youtu.be/VoP6eBKL5rM on May 24.
HCPS Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day
Who: Members of the media are invited to attend. A livestream link will be available at https://henricocte.com/.
When: May 24 (ceremony times are organized by Virginia Department of Education career clusters)
- 11 a.m.: Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing
- Noon: Education and Training, Human Services
- 1 p.m.: Energy; Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources; Hospitality and Tourism; Health Science
- 2 p.m.: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Where: Libbie Mill Library (Junior Achievement Finance Park, third floor), 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230
The concept is patterned after ceremonies that honor high school athletes as they gather in gyms to sign letters-of-intent to play for college athletic programs. HCPS seniors and representatives of their future employers will both sign letters-of-intent outlining what students must do before and during employment, what the employer will provide in pay and training, and an estimate of the position’s value. As with signing day for athletes, students will don a hat or other form of promotional clothing representing the company, HCPS or the school division’s Office of Workforce and Career Development.
The 2018 event was featured on CNN Headline News, Fox News and Today.com. A school division Facebook post about the signing day reached more than 4.9 million people, was shared more than 25,000 times and prompted more than 36,000 likes when it was shared by Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and other projects.