CTE Signing Day Celebrates Students Entering the Workforce

Families and members of the school community watch 13 students, who have successfully secured the first step to their future by committing to employment, sign letters of intent.  These students have chosen to maximize their high school experience with career training and industry recognized certifications. More students have secured employment, but were unable to attend the event.

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Programs, Nancy DeStefano said that one of the reasons WSWHE BOCES is holding the event is that when she comes into contact with employers and graduates of CTE programs, and they share their experiences with her and other WSWHE BOCES staff, she was able learn how much CTE programs have added to the local economy and that many local businesses depend on graduates of the BOCES. 

The inaugural event took place in 2019. Subsequent annual events have been canceled due to the pandemic.
“We are excited to bring this event back in person and make connections between going into the workforce and the programs we offer,” said DeStefano.

“We have a number of students who go off to college and a number of students who go off to the military. We applaud those students who are going directly into the workforce and feel it is important to celebrate those students.”

CTE is thankful to the businesses who have opened their doors to our students and recognize their potential. 
According to a workforce study commissioned by the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, over the next ten years, the regional economy is projected to add another 12,500 jobs, growing by 14% in 2024.  An additional 24,900 jobs will have to be filled due to replacement demand, bringing the total number of jobs that need to be filled over the next 10 years to 37,400 or about 3700 jobs a year.
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