SkillsUSA celebrated National Signing Day earlier this week, working with industry partners to highlight the value of skilled trades careers. The nationwide event recognized career and technical students for their dedication to career readiness and their commitment to their future career plans. Hundreds of SkillsUSA schools in 27 states and Puerto Rico participated in the 2021 event — most virtually, but some in-person — honoring students across the country.

This year’s partners for SkillsUSA Signing Day were The Home Depot, Klein Tools, 84 Lumber and NC3.

“Today’s SkillsUSA National Signing Day saluted students who expressed their commitment to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the skilled trades,” says SkillsUSA executive director Chelle Travis. “Because of our vast partner support, National Signing Day is generating even more awareness that the skilled trades offer rewarding career paths. SkillsUSA is working to help close the skills gap while presenting robust career opportunities for young workers who enjoy challenging work that offers stability and long-term benefits.”

On Signing Day, SkillsUSA students were recognized at school ceremonies by administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends for making the decision to pursue their career in the skilled trades. In a fashion similar to signing day events for student athletes who commit to a college or team, students were lauded as they signed letters of intent for a job offer, apprenticeship or further technical training.

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