San Juan College (SJC) took part in the NC3 National Letter of Intent Signing on April 20.

Students at Signing Day

This national event, sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college. It is designed to honor students entering a technical field and to celebrate the dignity of work.

Students at Signing DayThis year, SJC participated in this event with 74 institutions nationwide. New students from seven local high schools attended the event to sign for the 2023-24 school year and participated in a signing ceremony similar to athletic signing. The students represent a variety of career and technical education fields, such as building trades, auto body, welding, cosmetology, fire science and veterinary technology.

More than 65 students were recognized at the event from Aztec High School, Farmington High School, Gallup High School, Kirtland Central High School, Rocinante High School and San Juan College High School. Several previous graduates were also acknowledged for their commitment to SJC this fall.

In addition to this celebratory event, Rylan Darnell of San Juan College High School was chosen to receive The Skilled Trades – 3M Transformational Scholarship, a national scholarship through 3M and the National Coalition of Certification Centers. This scholarship allows schools to build within the community by focusing on bridging inequality gaps with the highest standards of skilled trades and technology.

Darnell is planning to study diesel technology. He also participated in the national scholarship reception in May with fellow scholarship recipients.