Over 140 students from the San Diego Unified High School District braved the winter weather to attend the first ever Miramar College Career Education Signing Day held Feb. 21 on the Miramar College campus.
Almost 50 of the 140 students signed letters of intent to enroll at the College in a career education program such as Advanced Transportation Technology, Auto Technology, Biotechnology and Fire Technology.
Like the National Letter of Intent signing day for athletes, Miramar College introduced a new twist to the "signing day" concept by moving away from athletics and instead focusing on education.
In addition to students pledging their commitment to study at Miramar College, there were demonstrations and hands on activities for those students who are interested in career technical education. Advanced Transportation students paired up with current Miramar College students to get first hand experience in the classroom. Bio Tech students took part in a forensic crime lab demonstration, while Administration of Justice students were allowed to use the patrol car driving simulators.
“Our event was bigger then we had anticipated,” said Ben Gamboa, associate dean, Strong Workforce Programs at San Diego Miramar College. “It was rather heartwarming to see kids, who just two months ago didn't see themselves in college, now have a chance to make a college decision that will lead to a high paying career and security for themselves and their families."
Participants received a tour of their career training program, signed their letter-of-intent to attend Miramar College, received program swag, and enjoyed a meet-and-greet with faculty and employers over lunch.
Providing the keynote speech was Ray Rivera, a diesel technology program graduate who went through the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) apprenticeship program. Rivera is currently employed at MTS as a Quality Assurance Inspector.