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Partnerships with Tech Educators Make an Impact

Posted: 06/20/2019

Working with career and technical educators is crucial to ensuring the sign, graphics and visual communications industry has the skilled workforce it needs to expand and maintain its place as one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

One of the ways that ISA builds momentum is through a partnership with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). ACTE has relationships with administrators, educators and career guidance professionals, which allows ISA to share the many exciting and diverse job opportunities that exist within the sign, graphics and visual communications industry.

As industry companies are struggling to find skilled workers, ACTE’s #CareerTechEd programs work to build awareness for students for these potential careers. ACTE recently shared an infographic developed by ISA with its educator audience, touting the great career options in the industry. View the infographic here.

ISA also has built effective strategies to engage students and help them translate what they're learning in the classroom to real-life work experience. One of those strategies is connecting educators with member companies so that students can get an up-close look at what kind of career paths our industry has to offer.

Sign Manufacturing Day drives more students to industry careers, enhancing valuable and ongoing relationships with both schools and employees. Held this year on October 4, 2019, companies across North America will host facility tours to encourage students to explore exciting and diverse career opportunities within the industry.

As a direct result of past Sign Manufacturing Day events, sign, graphics and visual communications companies have:

  • hired new employees;
  • accepted interns;
  • forged stronger relationships with schools; and
  • created co-op programs.

To learn more and sign up to participate, visit