Participating in Thursday's LBCC event were Kelston Austin (top left), Chasiti Chesshire (top right), Macy Freeman (bottom left) and Eben VanHorn (bottom right). (Screenshot from LBCC video)

Philomath High School seniors Kelston Austin, Chasiti Chesshire, Macy Freeman and Eben VanHorn were among 54 students that participated in a special event Thursday at Linn-Benton Community College.

The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) Letter of Intent Signing Day is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and to emphasize the importance of their career choice. On the day of the event, high school students were celebrated by their friends and families, college faculty and staff, industry partners and potential employers.

Austin plans to study mechatronics, Chesshire will enter the culinary arts program and both Freeman and VanHorn will be entering welding and fabrication technology.

Earlier this month, students were on campus to see lab space where they would be taking classes and to meet faculty.

“By signing our incoming students to letters of intent, we’re telling them that we’ve reserved a place for them and we want them,” Amy Burbee, LBCC Cooperative Work Experience Department chair said in a press release. “Technical education will prepare them for a strong career. Industry leaders are excited about this opportunity because it validates the student and provides an opportunity for industry representatives to meet these future workers.”