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McKENZIE (February 20) — The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McKenzie hosted a National Career Technical Education (CTE) Letter of Intent Signing Day Thursday for 57 seniors from 15 …
McKENZIE (February 20) — The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McKenzie hosted a National Career Technical Education (CTE) Letter of Intent Signing Day Thursday for 57 seniors from 15 area high schools. TCAT-McKenzie was one of many schools across the country to participate simultaneously in the event, sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), a partnership of industry and educational institutions.
Many of the schools, including TCAT-McKenzie, live streamed the event online.
TCAT-McKenzie Vice President John Penn Ridgeway welcomed the large gathering in the front hall of the school and beamed that the event had outgrown the meeting room this year. He told the prospective students the signing was an important step in the journeys they were about to take. He called the TCAT instructors “some of the best in their field” and praised their passion.
Ridgeway called TCAT-McKenzie a small school with a big heart that is community-involved and helps create better citizens. He welcomed all of the signees to the TCAT-McKenzie family.
Student Services Coordinator Daphne Brown called the students’ commitments a pledge to a skill or trade. She noted the importance of the word “Applied” in the school’s name, as it indicates both the hands-on learning the students will experience and the opportunity for them to apply themselves. She implored them to “give yourself to the learning.”
Brown then directed the signing ceremony. Students in TCAT’s various programs each sat at the signing table with their respective instructors to sign letters of intent, receive a TCAT-McKenzie ball cap and shake hands with the instructor, all in true “signing day” fashion. Some students were joined at the table by family members.
After the event, students and their families were invited to tour the campus.
Signees hailed from 15 different area high schools: McKenzie, Huntingdon, West Carroll, Hollow Rock-Bruceton, Clarksburg, Gleason, Dresden, Greenfield, Westview, Henry County, Camden, Obion County, Peabody, Graves County and Gateway Christian School.
TCAT-McKenzie’s programs include: Administrative Office Technology, Automotive Technology, HVAC/Refrigeration, Industrial Maintenance Integrated Automation, Information Technology Systems Management, Machine Tool Technology, Major Appliance Repair and Welding Technology (McKenzie and Dresden campuses).