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High school seniors sign letters of intent to further industrial careers

Posted at 1:54 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 19:42:59-04

It was an exciting day for more than 70 local high school seniors. They signed letters of intent to further their industrial careers at the first Texas Career Signing Day.

KRIS 6 wishes a big congratulations to students like Jonathan Barrera, who’s a London High School Senior.

“I feel good I accomplished it,” said Barrera.

When Barrera and others graduate in a few weeks, they’ll have the skills needed for technical schools and industrial trade careers.

He’s one of nearly 75 students who signed their letters of intent at the Craft Training Center on Thursday. The students are trained in fields like welding, electrical, instrumentation, pipe fitting and plumbing. These kinds of skills are in demand right now.

“(They are) trades that are desired right now in our Coastal Bend area,” said Allen Law, the director of education at the center. “They can’t get enough workers.”

Every day the center teaches about 250 high school students from 16 different local high schools.

“I wake up every morning at 6 in the morning, and I come here every morning,” said Barrera. “So it was a big commitment.”

Barrera’s next step is attending a technical school in Waco to further his career. But thanks to the center, students like Barrera are one step ahead of others.

“On the college visits I went to, I told them that I had my NCCER card,” said Barrera. “And they were real excited about that, because I’m one of the only kids that have it.”

Students interested in attending the Craft Training Center should talk to their school counselors. Classes are paid for by the student’s school.

For more information on the center, visit their website.