Dozen of Silicon Valley students sign letters of commitment to the trades
San Jose, CA: Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) hosted San Francisco 49er Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as he celebrated the first SkillsUSA National Signing Day, a day when high school seniors signed letters of intent to enter the trade fields.
SVCTE students were joined by their school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends for making the decision to pursue a career in the skilled trades, a sector in high demand that continues to face an immense labor shortage. In a style similar to “National Signing Day” events for high-school student athletes, seniors were applauded as they announced their career plans and signed “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training in residential wiring, building trades and renovations, HVAC, and plumbing.
“My dad was an electrician for 40 plus years so I have a great deal of respect for the trades. Just like signing day was an unforgettable moment for me in high school, I think it is just as important for us to acknowledge and celebrate the students who chose to pursue careers in the skills trades. Having witnessed firsthand the dedication, skill, and effort of my dad for over 40 years, I applaud the young people in this country who are taking that next step into the skills trades,” shared San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was joined at the press conference by his father Tony, a retired career electrician.
Ronnie Rodriguez, a senior at Wilcox High School, is finishing his certification at SVCTE in electrical maintenance and will be a journeyman electrician next year. “I’m excited that I can graduate from high school with a diploma and certification in my area of study. More students should know that SVCTE allows you to graduate ready to take on a great job in a field that is in high demand.”
“SkillsUSA National Signing Day is a day we’ve been looking forward to for a really long time. It’s a day when we celebrate with partners that we value career as much as they value college,” said Superintendent Alyssa Lynch.
“This event is trying to bridge a gap that is going on between high school and career, and we want students to feel special on National Signing Day. Klein Tools is trying to bring awareness to the trades and the vital roles they play in all communities,” said Mark Klein, Co-President of Klein Tools.
About Metropolitan Education District: MetroED provides Career Technical Education and academic programs to over 2,600 high school and adult students in Santa Clara County. From its campus located centrally in San Jose, California, the district operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. Register for a free campus tour or get more information at: www.metroed.net
About SkillsUSA SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 360,000 students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: http://www.SkillsUSA.org.
About Klein Tools Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the No. 1 choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.
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