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Local Signing Day Event to Again Honor Technical Trade Students on May 12th

– Greater Hutch, the Economic Development Partnership for Reno County, is collaborating with Hutchinson Community College, USD 308, Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy and area schools to host the second annual Signing Day event on May 12

at the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the HCC campus starting at 9am on Thursday.

The Signing Day event will honor students from several area schools who are making the commitment to continue their education in a technical trade or career field either in enrolled programs at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, or at Hutchinson Community College. This year over 250 students have been invited to attend based on their expected enrollment in the programs for the 2022-2023 year.

Several area businesses are sponsoring the Signing Day and will be on hand to network with the students and highlight the jobs that are available across the spectrum of career fields in Reno County and the region.

“This is an excellent way to honor the career commitment of young people and just one more way that our members and businesses can promote the variety of skilled jobs available in Reno County to our young people,” said Debra Teufel, Hutch Chamber President.

The media, parents, instructors, administrators, counselors, industry partners and potential employers, are also invited to attend to celebrate the accomplishments of area students. We expect students from many area schools to be in attendance. The event will also be live streamed on the USD 308 Facebook page beginning at 9am on May 12


This year, as part of the ceremony, students from McCandless and Wiley Elementary schools will also be honored for their completion of the Career Quest, career exploration and job shadowing experience made possible by area businesses and Reno Rising investors.

“Our training partners at HCTEA and HCC deliver the best in technical training, and we want their students to feel excited and valued for their commitment to training that will serve them in their future careers,” said Lacie Janzen, Economic Development Manager for Greater Hutch. “We are excited to celebrate both Signing Day and Career Quest this year, as an opportunity to recognize these young people for their goal to prepare for future careers.”

If businesses still want to sign up to be on hand as part of Signing Day, they should contact Lacie Janzen at 620.662.3391 or

[email protected]