NFL Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo signed on to participate in SkillsUSA and Klein Tools first-ever National Signing Day on May 8. He 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 nearly 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,” said Jimmy Garoppolo. “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 will be recognized for their decision to pursue a career in residential wiring, building trades and renovations, HVAC, or plumbing. 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.

“As an electrician, I’m excited to be part of this first-ever special day and spread the message on how satisfying a longtime career in the skilled trades can be,” said Tony Garoppolo. “I remember when Jimmy participated in his Signing Day and the excitement that came with it. It is great to partner with SkillsUSA and Klein Tools to support aspiring students joining the trades. These students should be especially proud as they sign their letters of intent and prepare for their lifelong careers.”

“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,” said Klein Tools co-president Mark Klein. “And together with our partner SkillsUSA, we will be able to help to contribute to closing the major skills gap facing our country today.”

Publication date: 4/25/2019

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