Every year, high school students sign national letters of intent to play sports in college. The schools host signing day ceremonies and colleges expecting commitments are prepared with press releases, graphics and videos featuring famous alumni to celebrate the new Arkansas Razorbacks or Oklahoma Sooners.

Students not going to college or postponing higher education, however, tend to get overlooked. Not this year.

The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and school districts hosted at the chamber’s First Friday Breakfast a signing day for high school and college students going to work at a number of local businesses.

“I think what we’re seeing today is a reflection of a community-wide effort to connect kids with opportunity,” said

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