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WCTC, partners recognize seniors entering skilled trades

May 27, 2019
Waldo County Tech Center students display gifts from Klein Tools on "National Signing Day," when they committed to careers in skilled trades. From left are building construction instructor Richard Benedict, Kevin Finley, Devin Landers, Anthime Brunette and electrical trades instructor Dan Schaeffer.

Waldo — To help close the skills gap and raise awareness of career options in the skilled trades, Waldo County Technical Center recently participated in SkillsUSA National Signing Day, sponsored by Klein Tools, to celebrate over 2,500 high school seniors, from 300 schools across the country, who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

“We are thrilled we were able to partner with SkillsUSA and Klein Tools for the first-ever National Signing Day,” said Daniel Schaeffer, electrical instructor and SkillsUSA adviser at WCTC. “As the shortage of skilled workers worsens, we at the Technical Center encourage students to enter this rewarding industry upon graduation.”

Carpentry Instructor Richard Benedict said, “Our seniors should be very proud of everything they have accomplished at Waldo County Technical Center as they continue to further their education and training post-graduation. We wish them all the best as they prepare for their lifelong careers.”

In a style similar to “National Signing Day” events for high school student athletes, Logan Pooler, Devin Landers, Anthime Brunette, Kevin Finley, and Stephen Finley, high school seniors at WCTC, were recognized May 8 as they signed their “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.

Students were celebrated by school administrators, teachers and SkillsUSA advisers as they take the next step in their education in building trades and renovations, HVAC or plumbing. High school seniors also received a Klein Tools Signing Kit, which included a hat, T-shirt, and their first pair of Klein Tools pliers to begin their lifelong careers.

WCTC Director Kevin A. Michaud said, “This was an exciting day for our students as they committed to careers in the skilled trades. These seniors have worked hard over the years to prepare for this next chapter of their life. Through their education here at the technical center, our seniors understand the hard work needed to be successful in the trades. This recognition is very well deserved to each and every one of them.”

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

For more information on National Signing Day, visit

For more information on Waldo County Technical Center, visit

About WCTC

Waldo County Technical Center has served the high schools and communities of Waldo County for over 40 years. it is located 6 miles west of Belfast on Waterville Road in Waldo.

About Klein Tools

Since 1857, Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools.

The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the No. 1 choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople.

Klein is a registered trademark of Klein Tools Inc. For more information, visit

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. SkillsUSA helps students excel through the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

The association serves more than 360,000 member students and instructors per year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority of which are STEM-related.

More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. Local, state and national championships are designed and judged by industry to set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide recognition opportunities for students.

SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor.

SkillsUSA offers technical skill assessments and workplace credentials through the SkillsUSA Career Essentials program, a cutting-edge solution that defines, implements and measures career readiness skills for students. For more information: .


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