Liz Engle — Cincy
It’s a longtime ritual usually reserved for high school athletes committing to top college programs. But for seniors at Cincinnati Public Schools—including seven who graduated this spring as DHL employees thanks to a first-year, pilot program—so-called “signing days” have taken on a life of their own.
Not only are post-secondary decisions celebrated districtwide, but job commitments are now, too. It’s part of a growing trend as more and more students decide to directly enter the workforce after graduation.
The pilot with cargo giant DHL, for one, is part of a new career pathway program that’s expanding in the 2018-2019 school year. There’s still emphasis on college, too, and another recent partnership with Miami could fund the cost of college for up to 20 seniors this coming year. And there’s more.