Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) will host National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day from 9:30 until 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019. New students, enrolled in either the current semester or next fall, will take part in a signing ceremony that is similar to an athletic signing in Washburn Tech’s Conference Center at 5724 S.W. Huntoon.
Washburn Tech’s event mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college. Students sign a letter of intent and don a Washburn Tech cap. The ceremony is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and to celebrate the dignity of work.
Washburn Tech hosted the first signing day six years ago. This year, more than 70 institutions around the country are joining Washburn Tech and will sign thousands of students who are committing to a technical program.
“Signing Day puts a national spotlight on technical education. The students who sign their names are committing to their colleges, their communities and, most importantly, to themselves,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “Signees are talented individuals who are desperately needed in the workforce. We look forward to celebrating their decision to pursue a rewarding, technical career.”
Signees are encouraged to invite friends and family to the event. Local dignitaries and corporate partners attend as well, showing their support for the students as well as establishing contact with them.
Washburn Tech offers more than 35 career programs in one of five divisions: Construction, Health Care, Human Services, Technology and Transportation. Serving both high school and adult students, Washburn Tech’s graduation and placement rates are among the highest in the state.