Program Offers Over $500,000 In Prizes To Aid High School Skilled Trades Teachers, Programs

Program Offers Over $500,000 In Prizes To Aid High School Skilled Trades Teachers, Programs

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools — a philanthropic endeavor organized by national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools and The Smidt Foundation — is offering over $500,000 in prizes to recognize great teaching in the skilled trades (including auto repair) at U.S. public high schools. Every teacher who applies for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence will not only have the opportunity to win a financial prize but also will get access to a series of online learning modules designed to help them be more effective in the classroom.

Three first-place winners will each be awarded $100,000, with $70,000 going to the school’s skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teachers behind the program. Seven second-place winners will each be awarded $30,000, with $20,000 going to the high school program and $10,000 to the teacher or teacher team.

“Skilled trades teachers in our public high schools are unsung heroes,” said Eric Smidt, founder of the charitable project and co-founder, owner, and CEO of Harbor Freight Tools. “We want to give them the recognition they deserve for the deeply needed instruction they give to students with the goal of higher graduation rates and a path to high-demand, well-paying careers in the skilled trades. This prize will recognize these great teachers and support the skilled trades programs and students they serve.”

After the winners are announced in October, the aforementioned learning modules will be made publicly available for the nation’s estimated 18,000 public high school skilled trades teachers as well as other educators.