Not every future pro will wear a ball glove or cleats or carry a racket.

Some will wear a stethoscope, don a welder’s helmet or carry a micrometer.

At 9 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May, 6, these future professionals will be celebrated with their own signing day at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

The event will be the first-ever Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day, sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy and Hutchinson Community College. The event will give students a chance to sign a letter of intent to pursue an industry recognized certificate or associate’s degree in the career of their choosing.

The signees will be students who are committing to go into a career and technical education training program offered in a unique partnership between HCTEA and Hutchinson Community College.

In addition to Hutchinson High School students, many Hutchinson area schools will be represented – both public and private schools.

Students will have the opportunity to sign a letter of intent and network with local business partners who are helping sponsor the event. Students also will get a commemorative shirt for the day and a HutchCC ballcap.

During the 1:30 p.m. signing session, Bill Murphy, deputy secretary of business development for the Kansas Department of Commerce, will speak.

Programs involved in the day’s event include:

  • Automotive Mechanics Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
  • Building Trades/Residential construction
  • Machine Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • CISCO Networking
  • Medical Sciences – CMA and CNA