Moore County Chamber and Moore County Schools Host Career Technical Education Signing Days

SOUTHERN PINES, NC – The Moore County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Moore County Schools, hosted three Career Technical Education (CTE) Signing Days throughout the month of May.    These annual Signing Days highlight high school students and honor those who are making a commitment to a technical education, an immediate career or military career pathway.  It is an opportunity to embrace the dignity of work.  

“We are excited to partner once again with Moore County Schools for these signing day ceremonies throughout the district,” said Linda Parsons, President, and CEO of the Moore County Chamber “These students are making the right decision for their future, and we wish them all the best as they enter this exciting chapter in their lives.  The Chamber is thrilled to support these events and be a small part of this journey.”

30 students participated in the event with their parents, legal guardians, teachers, mentors, fellow students, or career representatives.  CTE Signing Days recognizes students committing to pursue a technical education pathway and celebrate strong technical careers.  All three Moore County High Schools had students participating in these events. 

“All of our students participating in a Signing Day Ceremony are enthusiastic about their future in their chosen fields.  We want to recognize their choices and honor whichever pathway they are taking.  The pathways may differ, but the outcome is the same – a qualified workforce in high demand career fields,” says Dr. Lisa Scott, Director for Federal Programs, Grant Administration and Career Technical Education. 

The 2024 CTE Signing Day Students and their selected career path include:

  • Diego Melchor- Nascar Tech at Universal Technical Institute

  • Sam Mello – Pope Electric

  • Johnny Oxendine – Nascar Automotive at Universal Technical Institute

  • Tanner Reko – Sales at Pinehurst Toyota

  • John Bunch – Southeast Lineman Training Center in Georgia

  • Zach Hicks – Welding Apprenticeship in Ohio

  • Thomas Brown – United States Marine Corps

  • Ashonica King – Cosmetology at Denmark Technical College

  • Sam Mell – Lee Electrical

  • Connor Batten – Pilot Program at Sandhills Community College

  • Henry Rust – Caterpillar School in South Carolina

  • Trevor Hilyard – Nascar Welding at Universal Technical Institute

  • Yahaira Arroyo – Culinary at Sandhills Community College

  • Katrinia Robertson – Construction

  • Robert Hideman – United States Army

  • Caleb Roll – Pinehurst Toyota Technician and Automotive at Sandhills Community College

  • James Ayars – Automotive at Sandhills Community College

  • Arija Boin – Nursing at Sandhills Community College

  • Alexis Taylor – Appalachian State Agricultural High School Teacher

  • Narrell Ware – Electrical Program at Central Carolina Community College

  • Luke Aria – Electrical Program at Central Carolina Community College

  • Christopher Culver – NASCAR Pit Crew Training at Universal Technical Institute

  • Rosario Villasenor Chavez – Culinary at Sandhills Community College

  • Dustin Chriscoe – Asheboro Fire Department

  • Logan Robers – United States Marine Corps

  • Nathan Rogers – United States Marine Corps (Reserves)

  • Jonas Angeles – United States Marine Corps

  • Christian Davis – United States Air Force

These events further emphasize the link of the business community to the schools.  Like high school athletes who sign letters of intent to play sports at colleges and universities, students with a CTE focus were able to sign letters of commitment to the colleges, military branches, or companies they will join after high school graduation.  These students are instrumental in growing our workforce talent for Moore County employers today and in the future. 

 “The Moore County Chamber and Moore County Schools have been working together, in partnership with Sandhills Community College and Moore County Economic Development Partnership to foster innovative career and technical education options that provide opportunities for students who may not have otherwise thought of certain career pathways.  CTE provides students the potential to immediately pursue a high demand career or continue their education and training to further improve their marketable skills,” said Linda Parsons, President, and CEO of the Moore County Chamber.  “Earning college credit while in high school will help students save money and offers them early exposure to the types of environments, they’ll encounter either in the postsecondary classroom or in the workplace.”

To learn more or to become involved with the CTE program, visit www.ncmcs.org