By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Twelve graduating seniors took the first step into well-paying careers May 8 during Victor Valley High School’s first annual Skilled Trades Signing Day. Similar to student athlete signing ceremonies, the Skilled Trades Signing Day celebrates high school seniors entering the building and construction industry. “More than any other time in history, more people are leaving the workforce,” Supervisor Lovingood told the group of graduates, parents and school faculty. “So the trades that you are learning today are going to put you on a pathway to a living wage. And that’s critical. Because $15 an hour is not going to cut it, but $30 and $40 an hour will make a life’s difference.”
The event was aimed at raising awareness and recognizing the importance of students going into skilled trades which offer high wage, high demand careers here in our region, said McKenzie Tarango, Ed.D., Coordinator Alternative Education, Enrichment & Special Projects for Victor Valley Union High School District.
Most of the graduates at the signing ceremony will be joining the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, with others going to work for Rio Tinto’s Boron mine and still others pursuing technical training certificates at Victor Valley College.