Virginia high school hosts 'signing day' for tech students starting jobs

(WVLT) -- We've all seen high school "signing days" for athletes leaving high school to play their preferred sport in college or university.

We've also seen signing days for students getting full-ride scholarships because of their excellent grades or high ACT scores. But what about a "signing day" for high school students leaving with an actual, practical skill, which lands them a good paying job after graduation.

The Mother Nature Network reported a story of one Virginia high school who did just that recently. They honored their Career and Technical Education students with a "Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day".

"This is a celebration of students who are entering the workforce or post-secondary training with a plan ... They've chosen to maximize their high school opportunities for career training and industry certifications, with an eye on becoming successful and financially secure much earlier in life," says Mac Beaton, who's the director of Henrico Schools' Department of Career and Technical Education.

What are your thoughts on celebrating these students just as much as students who excel in academics or athletics?

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