VIDEO: Students participate in Career Signing Day

  • Students sign a ‘letter of intent’ to work for a local company

    Seventeen seniors in the Class of 2023 walked across the graduation stage to receive their high school diploma and already had a new job waiting for them. 

    Just before graduation, the students were given the opportunity to participate in the Gaston County Schools Career Signing Day ceremony on May 23.  The event, which is similar to career signing events that typically involve college athletes, was a time for the students to be recognized for their achievements and to signify their intent to work for one of 10 local companies. 

    The Career Signing Day is organized by Gaston County Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department.  During the ceremony, the students “signed” for jobs with Blum, Dixon Valve and Coupling, Gaston Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), GSM Services, McGee Brothers, Momentum Tire and Car Care, Our Kids Learning, Steel Specialty, Tindol Ford, and the United States Army.  Each student was given a Certificate of Achievement, which was signed alongside a representative from the company.

    Through the Career and Technical Education program, students can gain valuable knowledge in a particular career field, participate in internships and apprenticeships, and earn industry-recognized credentials, which gives them an advantage as they enter the workforce after high school.  All middle schools and high schools in Gaston County Schools offer Career and Technical Education classes, and two years ago, CTE was introduced at the elementary school level with fifth graders learning about healthcare and electrical technology.  

    Below is a list of the participants in the Class of 2023 Career Signing Day:

    Vincent Latta, Highland School of Technology

    Dixon Valve and Coupling
    Seth Glance, Bessemer City High School
    Jullien Davis, Ashbrook High School
    Trever Adams, North Gaston High School

    Gaston Emergency Medical Services (GEMS)
    Karmyn Smith, Hunter Huss High School
    Corey Wilson, Hunter Huss High School

    GSM Services
    Colin Wells, South Point High School

    McGee Brothers
    Edgar Rodriguez Perez, Forestview High School

    Momentum Tire and Car Care
    Dylan Polk, North Gaston High School

    Our Kids Learning
    Jacquelin Perez Aguirre, North Gaston High School

    Steel Specialty
    Justin Hash, North Gaston High School
    Hunter Pressley, Stuart W. Cramer High School

    Tindol Ford
    Dawson Aldridge, North Gaston High School

    United States Army
    Ragan Hovis, Cherryville High School
    Johnny Kbuor, Forestview High School
    Shandreona Rainey, Ashbrook High School
    Yuridia Santiago, Ashbrook High School

    The ceremony was recorded, and it is airing at various times this summer on Spectrum Cable Channel 21, which is the Education Station for Gaston County Schools.