The Moore County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Moore County Schools, hosted three Career Technical Education (CTE) Signing Days throughout May.
These annual signing days highlight high school students and honor those committing to a technical education, an immediate career or a military career pathway. It is an opportunity to embrace the dignity of work.
“We are excited to partner once again with Moore County Schools for these signing day ceremonies throughout the district,” said Linda Parsons, president and CEO of the Moore County Chamber in a press release. “These students are making the right decision for their future, and we wish them all the best as they enter this exciting chapter in their lives. We are pleased to be a small part of this journey.”
Sixteen students participated in the event with their parents, legal guardians, teachers, mentors, fellow students, or career representatives. CTE Signing Days recognizes students committing to pursue a technical education pathway and celebrate solid technical careers. All three Moore County High Schools had students participating in these events.
“All of our students participating in a Signing Day Ceremony are enthusiastic about their future in their chosen fields. We want to recognize their choices and honor whichever pathway they are taking. The pathways may differ, but the outcome is the same — a qualified workforce in high-demand career fields,” says Dr. Lisa Scott, director for Federal Programs, Grant Administration and Career Technical Education.
The 2023 CTE Signing Day Students and their selected career path include:
Andrew Whitaker — Carthage Fire Department
William Whitaker —Carthage Fire Department
Destiny Brewer — FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Amirah Graves — Accordius Health
Spencer Witchek — Sandhills Community College Automotive
Joseiah McLean — United States Marines
William Giere — United States Navy
Dominic Perry — United States Army
Vinicious Dos Santos Quintino — United States Army
Molly Walker — FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Eric Fruge — Pinehurst Surgical Clinic
Coy Locklair — Sandhills Community College Automotive
Omar Sanchez-Hernandez — Sandhills Community College Automotive
Manny Winkley — Sandhills Community College Automotive
Matthew Fluck — Sandhills Community College Automotive
These events further emphasize the link of the business community to the schools. Like high school athletes who sign letters of intent to play sports at colleges and universities, students with a CTE focus could sign letters of commitment to the colleges, military branches, or companies they will join after high school graduation. These students are instrumental in growing our workforce talent for Moore County employers today and in the future.
“The Moore County Chamber and Moore County Schools have been working together, in partnership with Sandhills Community College and Moore County Economic Development Partnership, to foster innovative career and technical education options that provide opportunities for students who may not have otherwise thought of certain career pathways. CTE provides students the potential to immediately pursue a high-demand career or continue their education and training to further improve their marketable skills,” said Parsons. “Earning college credit while in high school will help students save money and offers them early exposure to the types of environments they’ll encounter either in the postsecondary classroom or in the workplace.”
To learn more or to become involved with the CTE program, visit www.ncmcs.org