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FPC, WT team up for inaugural education signing

By Plainsmen Post

Spring marks many occasions in education, one of which is signing days. On Monday this time-honored tradition will take place in the Dillard Library at Frank Phillips College, but this signing day is unique. The students who are signing plan to study education at West Texas A&M University.

“Having a signing day for education majors is important to me because it’s important to acknowledge those who are not going to college just because they are in sports,” said Marc Diaz, one of the FPC students who plans to continue his journey toward becoming a teacher at WTAMU in the fall.

FPC is partnering with WT for this event, which is set to take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22. The signing day is a first for FPC and WT. Dr. Frank Goode, assistant professor and the Special Education Program Director at WTAMU College of Education and Social Sciences, said he believes that any student should be recognized and celebrated for their plans after graduating from high school, or completing an associate’s degree or core courses at a community college.

“We have signing days for athletes, particularly in football and basketball, when they commit to play for a college or university, why not have similar ceremonies for all other students?” Goode said. “Especially, personal bias here, those going into human services in some field.”

Cheryl Webster, FPC associate professor of education, said all interested parties agreed that the signing day is a good idea.

“We all agreed that students committing to a career in education was worthy of some hoopla,” Webster said.

Diaz said that his third-grade teacher Amy Blansett is his inspiration for pursuing a degree in education.

“Mrs. Blansett always cared for her students, always nurtured her students, and most importantly she inspired her students to do great things,” he said. “She never gave up on her students and inspired her students to fight for everything they want in life as well. She told us to never back down, to always get back up, try again.”

Diaz, who has taken part in the Borger High School/FPC cohort for the past two years, credits FPC for his success so far in his post-secondary education.

“If FPC would have not partnered with Borger High School, then I would not be able to say that I will be halfway done with my schooling when I attend WTAMU in the fall,” Diaz said. “I am very grateful to be a student at FPC and allowing me to earn my associate’s degree this spring.”

Diaz said he is looking forward to the signing ceremony, and so is Goode.

“I am excited and honored to be a part of this ceremony, which I hope is the first of many,” Goode said.

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