Skilled Trades Signing Day

VVHS celebrates skills for success
Posted on 05/16/2019

VICTORVILLE — While signing days and decision days have become common events for scholastic athletes and other students heading to universities, many of their classmates are quietly embarking on career paths that can be just as rewarding. Victor Valley High School held an event this week to recognize those students.


The Jackrabbits’ first Skilled Trades Signing Day was held in VVHS teacher Brock Baziak’s construction classroom before a sizable crowd that included 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, Victor Valley Union High School District Board President Jose Berrios, staff members and families.


Twelve graduating seniors signed their letters of intent and posed for pictures. The construction students committed to continue their job training with organizations including the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Victor Valley College and Rio Tinto’s Boron mine.

"We held the Skilled Trades Signing day to recognize the importance of students going into skilled trades which offer high-wage, high-demand careers here in our region," said VVUHSD Career Technical Education Coordinator McKenzie Tarango, who organized the event. "Parents in attendance were overjoyed watching their children commit to a career and a plan for the future."

Along with other VVUHSD schools, the Jackrabbits offer a wide-range of career tech classes that can give students valuable skills by the time they leave high school; and the students earn credits that will count toward a university admission if they choose that route.

Lovingood spoke of the unique opportunity these students will have, given the fact that much of the current workforce is hitting retirement age.


“More than any other time in history, more people are leaving the workforce,” Lovingood told the crowd. “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.”

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