Kilgore High School hosts signing day for CTE students

KILGORE, Texas (KETK) — Twenty Computer and Technical Education students in Kilgore made their futures official on Tuesday with the school’s first-ever CTE signing day.

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“It was exciting,” Chris Martinez said. “People cheering you on for what you’re going to study for.”

Kilgore College, Jacksonville College, Full Sail University and Texas State Technical College all had students sign with their schools.

<em>Photo courtesy of Kilgore ISD</em>
Photo courtesy of Kilgore ISD

The CTE program director at Kilgore High School, Charles Harford, said these seniors are graduating with firsthand experiences in their fields of choice.

“We have a lot of quality instructors, who are not only educators but have worked in the field for what they teach,“ Harford said. “They’re able to give that real world experience and knowledge to students. It’s not just theory that they’re teaching, it’s actually practical things.”

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Students agree, saying they’ve already been able to make connections in their fields.

“I’ve been able to talk to people who have been in the business. I’ve been able to understand what goes on,” said Jacob Contreras, who signed with Jacksonville College.

With the success of Tuesday’s signing day, Kilgore High School says it’s here to stay for future generations.

“This is definitely something that will continue and hopefully will grow throughout the years,” Harford added.

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