Career and Technical Education Students Sign Letters of Intent

Erica Miller/ Capital Region BOCES Photographer Mwamba (MJ) Green, Automotive Collision Technology at Voorheesville CSD, signing with Bailey’s Garage, during annual National Signing Day Ceremony at CRB in Albany on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. National Signing Day, hosted by Capital Region BOCES, showcased the power of education in preparing students for careers, with two Voorheesville students being among 32 high school students signing letters of intent to work for local employers. Class of 2024 members Mwamba (MJ) Green and Trevor Siemann were cheered on by a crowd of more than 180 business, family, labor and education supporters during the ceremony on May 7.

Trevor Siemann, Automotive Trades Technology of Voorheesville CSD, signing with Capitaland Motors during annual National Signing Day Ceremony at CRB in Albany on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.Green will begin his career with Bailey’s Garage after completing the Automotive Collision Technology program at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education. Siemann has signed a letter of intent to start his career with Capitaland Motors after completing the Automotive Trades Technology program. Both are members of the Class of 2024.

The Capital Region BOCES event was affiliated with the SkillsUSA National Signing Day, which mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college. It is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field, and to celebrate the dignity of work.

Student, holding certificate, stands next to man.“The work done here at BOCES and CTE is amazing. It … puts students on the road to great success,” New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. 

Among those speaking at the event were Karen Swain, Assistant District Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Capital Region BOCES; Katie Newcombe, Chief Economic Development Officer, Center for Economic Growth (CEG); Brian Williams, Executive Director, Capital Region Workforce Development Board; and Mike Russo, President and CEO of the National Institute for Innovation and Technology.

Swain thanked the partners, parents and educators on hand.

Student, holding certificate, stands next three adults. “Through your unwavering support, your child has reached this milestone,” she told parents, while praising the business and labor partners for “opening your doors to our students and helping bridge the gap between school and the workforce.”

 Capital Region BOCES Managing Program Coordinator-Business & Community Partnerships Nancy Liddle thanked the businesses and unions on hand.

 “We are thankful for the partnerships that have produced such bright futures for our students, and we look forward to continued growth in these partnerships and more events like today,” she said.