JCHS Hosts Inaugural National Signing Day for Seniors Entering Skilled Trades

The skills gap continues to be a major crisis in the U.S. with 83 percent of companies reporting a moderate to serious shortage of skilled workers.

In order to help close this skills gap and promote the training of younger tradespeople, Jefferson County High School is one of 300 schools hosting the first-ever SkillsUSA National Signing Day Presented by Klein Tools on May 8.

In a style similar to “National Signing Day” events for high school student athletes, Jefferson County High School’s high school seniors, along with thousands of other students across the country, will sign their “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training. These seniors will be applauded by school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends as they announce their career plans and commit to careers in residential wiring, building trades and renovations, HVAC or plumbing.

Klein Tools, title sponsor of National Signing Day 2019, will provide students with a Klein Tools Signing Day Kit, which includes a hat, t-shirt, and pair of Klein Tools pliers. Klein Tools will also host live look-ins throughout the day on the company’s Facebook page from participating schools across the country, as well as offer words of encouragement from NFL Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his father, Tony Garoppolo, a longtime retired electrician.

Bryant Partridge (pictured sitting), JCHS senior, completed Technical Certificates of Credit in Gas Metal Arc and Basic Shield Metal Arc Welding through dual enrollment at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC). He plans to continue at OFTC after graduation to complete his Welding and Joining Technology Diploma.

Partridge desires to pursue a skilled trades career in welding.

For more info about OFTC, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

L-R: Jeff Partridge, Matt Hodges, Michele Strickland, sitting: Bryant Partridge; Bryant Patridge (sitting), a Jefferson County High School senior and OFTC Dual Enrollment student in Welding, participated in JCHS's Inaugural National Signing Day Celebrating High School Seniors Entering the Skilled Trades on May 8.
Bryant Patridge (sitting), a Jefferson County High School senior and OFTC Dual Enrollment student in Welding, participated in JCHS’s Inaugural National Signing Day Celebrating High School Seniors Entering the Skilled Trades on May 8.

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Submitted by Jim Borum, borumj@jefferson.k12.ga.us. / OFTC info added by OFTC’s Marketing & PR Department.