Originally published by Keith Gushard in the Meadville Tribune on June 4, 2019
Monday was Crawford County’s biggest signing day ever with 30 students inking letters of intent — but not for sports. The soon-to-be graduates from Crawford County Career and Technical Center’s various trades programs formally signed on with employers.
The school’s inaugural signing day ceremony Monday was the brainchild of Bonnie Stein, who coordinates the school’s cooperative education program.
Cooperative education combines school-based education with practical work experience, giving school credit for the job experience and paying the students at the same time. Senior year students are in the work force at jobs based on their trades’ career path.
“Students get recognized at the high schools for scholarships and going on to play sports, why don’t we honor the students going on in the work force full time?” Stein said following the ceremonies. “These 30 all were offered full-time work. We get calls all the time ‘Do you have a student prepared to go into the work force?'”
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