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Regional CTE Awareness Month Recognized with Signings

Apr 26, 2024

Student signing ceremonies will be conducted throughout northeast Indiana in May in recognition of CTE (Career & Technical Education) Awareness Month.

The month was designated in 2019 by Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (now known as NEI) to promote skills-based training at the secondary-school level that leads to certifications and then employment after high school.

The signings symbolically represent commitments to work for companies; in some cases, the signings also represent agreements to participate in apprenticeships.

Among the ceremonies scheduled in May:

  • Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance (AWMA): A signing ceremony involving graduating seniors will be held at 6 p.m. May 6 at the MERIT Center, 1109 Dayton St., Decatur, IN. Guest speaker will be Laura Macknick, president and CEO of the Don Wood Foundation.
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy: A signing ceremony will be held from 1-3 p.m. May 14 at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research & Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. Keynote speaker will be Hope Matchett, owner of The Red Stiletto spa and salon. She will be joined by Grace Mitchell, who signed with her last year. More than 100 students are expected to participate in the ceremony.
  • IMPACT Institute: Signing ceremonies involving job and apprenticeship agreements will be conducted at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 14 at the IMPACT administrative office, 1607 Dowling St., Kendallville, IN.
  • Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community Schools: The school district will conduct a signing day in Garrett for students who’ve secured either apprenticeships or jobs. The ceremony will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. May 22 at 1009 Joanna Court in a cul-de-sac across from the high school. The ceremony will include food trucks and The Hubie Ashcraft Band. Attendees will also be able to see the completion of the fourth student-built home in the cul-de-sac.

Some education providers conduct similar signing ceremonies throughout the year.

“Students who complete CTE learning and experience opportunities are essential to our regional workforces and economy,” said Edmond O’Neal, president and CEO of Northeast Indiana Works. “These ceremonies drive home that importance, as well as recognize the accomplishments of the students and the needs of employers.”