Not just for athletes: TCC students participate in ‘Signing Day,’ declaring intent to pursue technical careers

Tarrant County College will join schools across the country on Feb. 21 to hold National CTE (Career and Technical Education) Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremonies, which underscores its commitment to being a student-ready college.

Signing Day is patterned after the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who are committing to play sports in college. However, instead of athletes, this event honors students who are entering a career/technical field of study, such as automotive technology, aviation maintenance technology, law enforcement, computer-aided drafting and heating, electric line repair, air conditioning and refrigeration technology.

More than 150 incoming high school students will sign Letters of Intent at TCC Northwest and TCC South, signifying their commitment to entering CTE programs in upcoming semesters.

“This event tells career and technical education students just how valued they are at our institution,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, president of TCC Northwest. “We are recognizing their commitment and look forward to preparing them for these high-demand careers.”

According to Peter Jordan, president of TCC South, “These careers are incredibly important and in high demand. They pay well and offer expedited pathways into the workforce. TCC is the primary trainer for technical workers in our area.”

Corporate partners of TCC’s CTE Signing Day, including Daniels Manufacturing Corporation, will participate in the campuses’ events, showing support and providing information to students and their families.

The events will be held 10 a.m. to noon. TCC Northwest (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth) will hold its Signing Day ceremony in WSTU 1303-1305. TCC South (5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth) will host its ceremony in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology (CEET) Fusion Auditorium.

The events will be streamed live and can be accessed on the TCCstream YouTube channel (live captioning available here). National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day is sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).