Greenville Technical Center hosted their first signing day for students who are part of their after school certification program on Thursday.
The after school certification program helps students obtain their certification or credentials before leaving high school.
There are four career paths associated with this program. Health science students can obtain a certification as a nurses assistant. Engineering student can obtain certifications as a Solid Work amateur or professional.
Aspiring teachers can prepare to take the PRAXIS I assessment, as well as becoming certified in early childhood education.
“The purpose of this signing gives credit to students who decide to gain reliable experience in their future career choice,” said Tarrinasha Brown-Jones, director of Greenville Technical Center.
The students who signed Thursday are part of the early childhood program working towards obtaining the CDA credential. CDA is the childhood development association, which gives young people credentials in child care.
GTC partnered with Mississippi Valley State University representatives from CDA to assist in making sure the students receive the best experience needed for their career paths.
“I really enjoy being apart of this experience because I like to work with children,” said Andrenika Crutchfield. “This gives the opportunity to gain knowledge and do what I love, which is care for children.”
Crutchfield’s instructor, Kristaira Bryant said the program offers oppertunities.
“The early childhood program is a 2-year high school program that allows students to explore the career pathways in early childhood,” said Bryant.
Students who were selected to participate in this program will complete all additional necessary training to obtain their CDA credentials. These credentials allows students to immediately become employed with Head Start, own their own daycare facility or continue education to obtain a degree in early education.
“I am so proud that my students are given this opportunity to become productive and contributing citizens at their young age,” Bryant said. “They will not only walk across the graduation stage with a diploma but a key to providing for their future families.”
Marquitta Robinson said she appreciates the opportunity.
“It allows me to grow and gain experience in early childhood,” Robinson said.
This the first signing at GTC and Brown-Jones believes there will be more in the near future.
“This is the first of many,” Brown-Jones said. “We will be honoring all of our students from each career pathway because we want them to walk away with not only a nice stole for graduation but to receive the proper knowledge needed for them to excel in their future career path.”
Davine Duck, student in the early childhood program, said she is thankful for the program.
“Its an honor to be selected to participate in this program that will benefit my future endeavors,” said Duck.