Students sign letters of intent for technical education

There are 16 different programs student can choose from. Some are a few months long and others last up to two years.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 4:09 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 4:39 PM

ALBANY, ORE. -- February 15 is national Career and Technical Education Signing Day, and students from 27 different area high schools came together to sign letters of intent. 

About 90 students signed letters Thursday confirming their plans to attend Linn-Benton Community College.

For more information visit the Linn-Benton Community college website: https://www.linnbenton.edu/

Two years ago, Cecilia Durheim, a student in the medical assistant program, didn't know what she was getting herself into. But she signed anyways. Now, she said it was one of the best decisions she has ever made. 


"I am very excited that I made this decision," Durheim said.

Like many others, Durheim said she wasn't the "school" type of person. She said she wanted hands-on learning opportunities, smaller classes sizes and a shorter program, which were all things offered in the Linn-Benton technical programs. In June she will graduate from the medical assistant program knowing how to draw blood, give shots and physical exams. 

"It is going to be nice that I can say I have a certificate, I can use this," Durheim said. "I can go out and work."

Students signing could choose from programs ranging from culinary arts to healthcare, computer design, and welding to name a few. In total there are 16 different programs offered, all ranging in length from a few months to two years.

"Signing day is a great day," Linda Carroll, dean of the healthcare department at LBCC, said. "It's fun to know we have more new students, younger students coming into the program and for me, it's very heartfelt because I know they are going to be prepared well and they are making a great decision.

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