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Signing Day Celebrates Post-Secondary Choice

It is commonplace to see local prep athletes spotlighted in the local newspaper, social media, and television for their prowess on the pitch, dominance on the diamond, grit on the gridiron, and many other celebrated feats. Taking the attention one step further (well-deserved as it is), all eyes are on the high school sports stars at the moment when they choose which NCAA Division 1 college they will take their talents to.
college and career signing dayReach Higher Shasta has decided the stage and spotlight should be shared by those who make the academic choice to go beyond high school as well.

For the 3rd year in a row, the Redding Chamber of Commerce has been a partner in putting on Reach Higher Shasta’s “College and Career Signing Day”, which recognizes high school seniors from across Shasta County who plan to attend college or further their career education after high school. This event brings our community together to celebrate the diversity and promise of post-secondary opportunities united with the belief that every student that graduates from a high school in Shasta County should be equipped with every available option as they move forward.

On May 19th at Sequoia Middle School’s McLaughlin Auditorium was the venue that saw nearly sixty high schoolers proudly announce their decision to pursue college or career training or military service. Mayor Erin Resner was the keynote speaker. Ten lucky students each received a $500 scholarship through an opportunity drawing thanks to the contributions of Redding Electric Utility and Sierra Pacific Industries. The event was a hybrid model this year and can be viewed by clicking HERE.
One takeaway from me in observation of those honored: the future is bright. I am grateful for all of those people who helped to make this event a success and l look forward to an auditorium full of proud family and friends next year cheering on the choices made by the future workforce of Shasta County to be all that they can be.
Jake Mangas
President & CEO
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