Technical College hosted its first annual National Letter of Intent
Signing Day on February 16th, on the St. Petersburg and Clearwater
campuses. More than 100 Pinellas County high school seniors participated
in the nationwide event and signed a letter of intent to enroll in a
career technical training program at Pinellas Technical College. The
unique event and celebration gave high school seniors a chance to
reserve a program spot and to connect with future employers.
National Letter of Intent Signing Day event was modeled after the NCAA
collegiate athletic signing celebrations and is designed to promote CTE
program on campuses throughout the U.S.
are showing everyone your dedication to continuing your education. You
are showing the world your faith in this institution and in your
community,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman who spoke to the 67
students on the St. Petersburg campus.
you have my word that we will all do our part on your behalf. St.
Petersburg will be a city that will give you an opportunity and if you
succeed here, we will give you a chance to succeed in St. Pete, ” added
School Board member Joanne
Lentino encouraged the 40 students on the Clearwater campus to continue
their educational journey that will lead to a lifelong career.
applaud your commitment to attend today’s letter signing," said Ms.
Lentino, who talked about the shortage of a skilled workforce in the U.S.,
and commended the students for their commitment to fill much
needed career technical positions.
“It was a great day and it was very successful," said Boe Norwood, the Director of Pinellas Technical College, St Petersburg campus.
am so very proud of the kids and their families for their commitment to
securing their futures with PTC,” said Chris Blackwell, Occupational
Specialist on the St. Petersburg campus.
the celebration, campus administrators announced the names of the
students who won a $500 tuition scholarship for participating in an
essay contest. As an added surprise, they also announced that each
student participating in the Signing Day event will be offered a full-book scholarship for the program of choice.
student Brandon Resendiz-Martin, a graduating senior from Largo High
School said he was thrilled to win the $500 scholarship and full-book
scholarship. He said that the assistance will help him be the first in
his family to go to college and pursue a career in nursing. “I am
hoping to be able to help others,” he added.
getting the scholarship,” said Megan Piippo, a Dual Enrolled senior from
Countryside High School, who thanked her mother and her instructor
Brenda Fraizer for providing encouragement to continue her Medical
Administrative Career studies.
“By awarding them a scholarship, we
are letting them know that they can do this and that Pinellas Technical
College is here to support them in every step of the journey,” said
Kyesha Robinson, Occupational Specialist on the Clearwater campus.
are incredibly excited for what the future holds for these students, ”
said Jenn Weaver, Occupational Specialist on the Clearwater campus.
“We also had many people from local businesses and industries here to
support our students,” she added.
“Pinellas Technical College
continues its strong momentum with the signing of 100 potential students
attending the National Signing Day. The event was particularly
important to the many parents and friends who showed up to show their
support, ” said Carl Lavender, Senior Consultant for Capacity Building Strategy.
Guest and industry
representatives on the St. Petersburg Campus included: Mayor Rick
Kriseman, City of St. Petersburg; Ray Tampa, retired principal and
community activist; Frank Wells, founder of Child’s Park Culinary
Program; Jimmy Padgett, Snap-On representative; Herbert Murphy, Tampa
Bay arts representative; Reverend Kenneth Irby; Boe Norwood, Director of
Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg Campus; Carl Lavender, a
Senior Consultant for Capacity Building Strategy at Pinellas Technical
College; Ann Sherman-White, Industry Services Coordinator, St.
Speakers on the Clearwater Campus included Mark Hunt, Executive
Director, Career Technical and Adult Education, Pinellas County Schools;
Jakub Prokop, Director, Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater Campus; William Gauzens, PTC graduate; Lilian Baker, Owner, Fashion Scrub Depot; Prince Baez, Mopar, CAP
Territory Relationship Manager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; School Board
Member Joanne Lentino.
Industry representatives on the Clearwater
Campus included: Earl Bailey, National Education Partnerships Manager, Snap-On Industrial; Matt Sadler,
Account Manager, Snap-On Industrial; Jessica Evans, Director, Bumble Bee
Center; Richard Pinder, Manager, Network Engineer, Tech Data; Deborah
Trowbridge, Financial Center Manager, 5th Third Bank; Joseph Rath,
Talent Acquisition Specialist, Manpower; Tim Nemes, Hydro-Dyne
Engineering; Patricia Collins, Staffing and Development Manager;
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Chasity Devoti, Business Office
Manager, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions; Suzanne Rogers, Recruiting
Manager, Think Direct Marketing; Maria Calberg, Director of Training and
Recruitment Home Instead Senior Care.