Washburn Tech to Sign New Class of Recruits

February 12, 2020

Topeka, Kan. – Caps and pens at the ready, a new class of recruits will sign letters of intent at Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) from 9:30 until 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. New students, enrolled in either the current semester or next fall, will take part in a signing ceremony that is similar to an athletic signing in Washburn Tech’s Conference Center at 5724 S.W. Huntoon.

Washburn Tech’s event mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college. Students sign a letter of intent and don a Washburn Tech cap. The ceremony is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and to celebrate the dignity of work.

“As we boost our partnerships with local business and industry, we understand the crucial need to recruit and develop tomorrow’s talent,” said Dr. Gary Bayens, dean, Washburn Tech. “This is just a first step in telling potential students that we want them on our team and need them in the workforce.”

Washburn Tech hosted the first signing day seven years ago. This year, more than 70 institutions around the country are joining Washburn Tech and will sign thousands of students who are committing to a technical program. Signees are encouraged to invite friends and family to the event. Local dignitaries and corporate partners attend as well, showing their support for the students as well as establishing contact with them.

Washburn Tech offers more than 40 career programs in one of five divisions: Construction, Health Care, Human Services, Technology and Transportation. Serving both high school and adult students, Washburn Tech is recognized as a leader in career and technical education.