NFL Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will help inaugurate the first-ever National Signing Day for high school trades students on May 8, 2019, presented by SkillsUSA and Klein Tools.
Jimmy and his father, Tony Garoppolo, a recently retired career electrician, will be attending the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education in San Jose, California, one of the approximately 300 schools participating in this special event, to celebrate high school seniors signing "letters of intent" for a career in the skilled trades.
"Just like Signing Day is an unforgettable moment for high school athletes, it is just as important for students who choose to pursue ongoing technical education, " Jimmy says. "My father, an electrician for over 40 years, supported me and my family with a stable and rewarding career. Having witnessed firsthand the hard work, skill and dedication it takes to be an electrician, I applaud the students who are taking that next step to a gratifying career in the skilled trades."
On National Signing Day, thousands of high school seniors across the nation will be recognized for their decision to pursue a career in residential wiring, building trades and renovations, HVAC or plumbing. In a style similar to "National Signing Day" events for high school student athletes, Klein Tools will host Facebook Live segments showcasing seniors announcing their career plans and signing "letters of intent" for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training. Jimmy Garoppolo and his father will be interacting with students across the country via live video feed on Klein Tools' Facebook page.
"We are thrilled Jimmy and Tony Garoppolo are partnering with us for this national inaugural event recognizing the tradespeople of our future. Together, we will be able to generate awareness of the many benefits a career in the skilled trades offers, especially among today's younger workforce. And together, with our partner SkillsUSA, we will be able to help to contribute to closing the major skills gap facing our country today," adds Klein Tools Co-President Mark Klein.
For more information on National Signing Day events and participating schools, visit kleintools.com/nsd.