On Thursday, May 30, Isle of Wight County Schools did something we had never done before--we hosted a Career Signing Ceremony. The event was similar to the signing days you see with high school athletes when they commit to a college to play a sport.
But the students this day were not athletes signing with a college. Instead, they were students who had completed coursework and certifications in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and they were signing with a business where they would use their skills in their chosen career pathway.
The ceremony recognized thirteen students in the programs of Agriculture, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, and Welding. Businesses ranged from local salons and restaurants, to national companies, and employers associated with the shipbuilding industry. At the ceremony, the student sat down with a representative from the business, they both signed a ceremonial agreement, and pictures were taken of the student wearing "swag" from their employer. Families attended, as did members from the School Board, Board of Supervisors, and Economic Development.
We talk about providing students with opportunities to develop their unique gifts and talents, and preparing students to be college, career and life ready. We made a commitment to our students by offering programs that will prepare them for high skill, high wage, high demand jobs. I am excited that these students have made decisions in high school that have put them on the pathway to success.
Below are the names of the students who were recognized during the career signing and the businesses who have invited them to join their family. Scroll down further to see pictures from the ceremony.
Student Program Business
Adkins, Logan Building Trades Lowe’s
Baggett III, Webster Welding Suffolk Iron Works
Beasley, Robert Welding Newport News Shipbuilding
Charles, Joshua Culinary Arts US Navy—Culinary Specialist
Crocker, Nelson Agriculture Smithfield Foods
Cross, Tobias Culinary Arts Vintage Tavern
Dalton, Tyler Culinary Arts Smithfield Station
Daughtry, Logan Cosmetology Reflections Salon
Davis, Noah Welding Allfirst LLC
Mason, Donnell Building Trades Lowe’s
Smith, Jada Cosmetology Nails Studio LLC
Throckmorton, Davis Welding Allfirst LLC
Yost, Patrick Welding Newport News Shipbuilding