For the second year, Cedar Valley College hosted a signing day event for area high school students who committed to taking career and technical education classes this fall at CVC, with efforts now underway to expand this program statewide.

Signing Day event at CVC

CTE Signing Day at CVC

The event was held Feb. 21 at the CVC Performance Hall, with more than 100 area high school students attending from school districts in Dallas, DeSoto, Lancaster, Cedar Hill and Red Oak. Similar to an athletic signing day event, the students signed their names on the “dotted line” to make their academic declaration in choosing Cedar Valley.

Attendees included U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez III, DCCCD Board Member Charletta Rogers Compton, and the DCCCD Chancellor, Dr. Joe May, who each gave remarks as part of the program. Congresswoman Johnson lauded the event as an example of educational innovation in Texas, while Dr. May thanked CVC for taking the lead on establishing the event locally and Trustee Compton recognized the industry support behind the event.

Commissioner Alvarez, who also attended the inaugural event, reported that establishing a statewide CTE Signing Day was under consideration by state officials who see value in the program. Later in the spring, it was announced that Texas Career Signing Day would be launched under the auspices of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Dr. Joe Seabrooks, CVC president, said: “By signing our incoming students to Letters of Intent, we’re telling them that we’ve reserved a place for them and we want them. Technical education will prepare them for a strong career. Industry leaders also are excited about this opportunity because it validates the student and provides an opportunity for industry representatives to meet these future workers.”