“National Signing Day” isn’t just for athletes: Ceremony will celebrate students entering workforce


Henrico, Va. March 19, 2018 – In recent years, it’s become a common sight: heralded high school athletes gather in gyms to sign letters-of-intent to play for NCAA athletic programs, as their classmates cheer and members of the media look on.

Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program has decided that athletes aren’t the only ones who deserve to have their hard work recognized as they look to the future. The program will hold its first ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” March 28.

“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. “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.

“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.”

Students 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.

More than 20 students are expected to take part in the event. Similar to National Signing Day for athletes, families and members of the media can watch students sign letters-of-intent for employment. The students will don a hat or other form of promotional clothing representing the company, Henrico County Public Schools and the school division’s Career and Technical Education program. There will be large video screens on each side of the table showing the letter-of-intent being signed.

Members of the media are invited to attend.

March 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Libbie Mill Library (Junior Achievement Finance Park, third floor)
2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230

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