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Signing Day Celebrated at Pinellas Technical College

signing day2 Pinellas 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.

The 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.

Mayor Rick Kriseman“You 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.

Sinigng day 2 “And 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 the Mayor.
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.

 “I 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.
Clearwater signing day “It was a great day and it was very successful," said Boe Norwood, the Director of Pinellas Technical College, St Petersburg campus.

“I 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.
During 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.

st pete signing day Incoming 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.

“I loved 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.

Clearwater celebration “We 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. Petersburg Campus.
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Guest 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.