Local district holds first Career and Technical Education signing day.

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A signing day of a different kind took place this week for some area graduating seniors who are pursuing futures in career and technical fields.

(Connally ISD photo)

The Connally ISD held its first ever Career and Technical Education or CTE signing day after the Texas Legislature passed a resolution recognizing the day as the CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day.

“We are trying to honor those students because what they are doing is just as important as a football scholarship,” said Connally Career Tech Principal Hermann Pereira .

The majority of the 25 students given certificates during the ceremony are part of the Connally Career Tech High School, a school within Connally High School that offers everything from classes in welding and nursing to construction science and criminal justice.

Many of the students graduating have been getting dual credit at colleges throughout their high school career, opening their eyes, educators say, to unique opportunities outside of the norm.

“There is more than just four year university as an option for students,” Pereira said.

“There has to be an array for kids and the Texas workforce needs all kinds of students so this is a way to prepare students for the future.”

This is the fourth year for the Career Tech School at Connally.

Waco ISD as well as Rapoport Academy also held CTE signing days.