Celebrating students heading into careers after graduation with 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo
San Jose, CA: Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) will be hosting a SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 8, 2019. This year’s signing day focuses seniors who will be heading straight to jobs and careers after graduation, armed with training and industry-based certifications they earned in high school at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education.
This year’s National Signing Day is sponsored by SkillsUSA and Klein Tools and San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has signed on to participate in this year’s event. Jimmy and his father, Tony Garoppolo, a recently retired career electrician, will be attending 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. 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.
Superintendent Alyssa Lynch said the idea came from an ongoing struggle to show the value of this kind of education and training. "We're always trying to figure out how to address the skills gap when the general mentality of parents is 'I want my child to go to college,'" Lynch said. "One way to do this is to help them see the value of career and technical education programs," she said. "When you start talking data that affects parents’ pocketbooks, that gets their attention."
Over 300 students earn industry-based certifications at SVCTE each year, and those certifications represent training that could mean immediate employment for students following their high school graduation.
For more information:
Contact: Alecia Myers, SVCTE Principal
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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
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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