Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Announces New Prize for Teaching Excellence

Skilled trades teachers in our public high schools are unsung heroes. We want to give them the recognition they deserve.

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools announced today a new program, offering over $500,000 in prizes, to recognize great teaching in the skilled trades (e.g., plumbing, electrical, carpentry, welding, auto repair and more) in 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 will also get access to a series of expert-led learning modules, available online for free, to help them be even more effective in the classroom.

 

Three first-place winners will each be awarded $100,000—with $70,000 going to the high 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 the national retailer 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.”

The purpose of the prize is to recognize teaching excellence in the skilled trades that enables students to learn deeply and be career-ready, with the hope of attracting…

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