To raise awareness of skilled trade careers and to help close the U.S. skills gap, SkillsUSA and Klein Tools today are hosting the inaugural SkillsUSA National Signing Day. The event celebrates nearly 3,000 high school seniors dedicated to pursuing a career in residential wiring, building trades and renovations, HVAC or plumbing, at hundreds of schools across the nation.
Local communities, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends are coming together today to celebrate these students for making the decision to pursue a career or continuing education in the skilled trades. Similar to “National Signing Day” events for high school student athletes, seniors announce their career plans and sign “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training. Tradespeople and others across the nation are encouraged to participate in this special day by sharing their thoughts of encouragement on Klein Tools live look-ins on the company’s Facebook page.
Official spokespeople NFL quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his father, Tony Garoppolo, a career electrician, are celebrating SkillsUSA National Signing Day with the students at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education in San Jose, California.
“Signing Day was a big moment in my life,” Jimmy Garoppolo says. “It solidified my decision to attend college and play football, putting me on course to where I am today in my NFL career. The students we are celebrating today are making that same kind of commitment. This is their first step on the path to a rewarding and vital career. From here, they’ll need to work on the skill, patience and hard work required to succeed as a trade professional, a lesson I learned from my dad, who supported our family as a professional electrician. Congratulations to all the hardworking students who are signing their official ‘letters of intent’ today.”
“After 40 years as an electrician, I’ve seen how the industry has changed and know that it’s more important than ever for us to encourage young people to explore a career in the skilled trades,” Tony Garopollo says. “The students who are participating in SkillsUSA National Signing Day today were fortunate enough to have someone help them understand the many benefits of a career in the trades. We hope that this day will help even more people understand the growing demand for skilled trade professionals and how vital these careers and future workers are to our economy.”
In addition to signing their “letters of intent,” students participating in the first-ever SkillsUSA National Signing Day each are taking home a Klein Tools signing kit, which includes a hat, t-shirt, bag, and their first pair of professional-grade Klein Tools pliers to start their careers. Also, the students are receiving special offers on select Klein Tools products exclusively at The Home Depot, as part of the retailer’s commitment to outfitting and training 20,000 new tradespeople by 2028.
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