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JVS Participates in National Signing Day


In order to help close the skills gap and raise awareness of career options in the skilled trades, Lorain County JVS participated in the SkillsUSA National Signing Day sponsored by Klein Tools, celebrating thousands of high school seniors across the country pursuing a career in the skilled trades. JVS was one of approximately 300 schools across the U.S. participating in National Signing Day, which recognized over 2,500 students nationwide.

“On National Signing Day, we celebrate our high school seniors for making the decision to pursue a career in the skilled trades,” said JVS Superintendent Dr. Glenn Faircloth. “We are excited because our JVS students have worked hard to acquire the necessary skills, credentials and certificates to be career ready and now you are ready to join the workforce.”

Chief Building Official with the City of Cleveland Building Department, Mr. Tom Vanover, was a special guest and shared a few words with the students. “The lack of skilled labor is the biggest challenge we are facing right now. We are building more structures than we have people to build them. We need people to build our buildings, and you are those people. I’m very proud of the step that you have made. You have put in your years and now you get the opportunity to go out into the world and create something.”

In a style similar to “National Signing Day” events for high school student athletes, nineteen students from the carpentry, heating and air conditioning and masonry trades programs, were recognized as they signed their “letters of intent” for a job offer. Students were celebrated among school administrators, teachers, local business partners, family and friends, as they take the next step in their career paths.

“The students who signed today are motivated and hardworking, and because of the commitment from employers throughout our region, these students have access to the training and mentorships that will allow them to become masters in their trades,” said Megan Champagne, JVS Building Trades Supervisor.  “They are fully employed and will continue in their fields post-graduation, helping to fill the skills gap in Northeast Ohio as they commit to a career in the skilled trades.”

Ivan Breckner, Heating and Air Conditioning senior from North Ridgeville, thought the day’s event was incredibly awesome. “I thought it was super cool to give us kids, who have worked so hard to get our training, our time to shine. This is a great thing that we are doing, and our trades are crucial for the world moving forward.” Breckner signed with Mr. Appliance of Elyria and will be their main refrigeration technician.

“The first National Signing Day was a success thanks to Lorain County JVS and its students,” says Mark Klein, co-president of Klein Tools. “Best of luck to these students as they enter the skilled trades to start their careers with their first pair of Klein Tools pliers.”

Students and the companies they signed with are listed below by associate school.

Amherst - Aaron Kukucka, carpentry senior, signed with Star, Inc.; Joseph Newman, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with Building Laborers’Local 310; Caleb Osko, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with Gross Mechanical

Avon Lake - Angela Mazurek, carpentry senior, signed with Petrick Property Group; Tucker McKinley, masonry trades senior, signed with Trio Concrete Construction Inc.; Sean Shilliday, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with Luxury Heating Company

Brookside - Bryson Baldwin, carpentry senior, signed with Immaculate Interiors; Cayden Gainer, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with JD Indoor Comfort; James Patton, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with Total Line Refrigeration

Clearview - Dylan Rebman, carepentry senior, signed with Petrick Property Group

Elyria - Vera Nixon-Beckett, carpentry senior, signed with George’s Roofing

Firelands - Jacob Holland, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with Stack Heating Cooling and Electric

Midview - Joshua Abood, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with LK Heating and Cooling; Savannah Engelman, carpentry senior, signed with RGI, Inc.

North Ridgeville - Ivan Breckner, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with Mr. Appliance; Timothy Burns, masonry trades senior, signed with Sellers Concrete Company; Johnathan Hollingsworth, heating and air conditioning senior, signed with Bay Furnace; Rodger Leonard, carpentry senior, signed with Star, Inc.; Jacob Rickard, carpentry senior, signed with The Wood Loft

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