The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in public high schools in the United States. Like the skilled trades, the prize application and process require hard work, time, focus and a commitment to excellence.
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools defines an excellent program as one led by a teacher:
- Who clearly loves the subject matter and is both highly knowledgeable and skilled
- Implementing a curriculum matched to a relevant career pathway and future work choices, one designed to flow seamlessly into next-step options, whether to employment or college
- Encouraging exploration and experimentation among students in a safe environment
- Connecting students to new relationships and experiences outside the classroom
In 2019, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools will award over $1 million in prizes overall. There will be three first-place prize awards of $100,000, with $70,000 going to the public high-school skilled trades program and $30,000 going to the eligible individual skilled trades teacher or teacher teams behind the winning application. Fifteen second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 to the public high school program and $15,000 to the eligible teacher or teacher team. Applicants whose school, district or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings may still apply.
And there are other winners: your community. By celebrating the best in skilled trades education, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools intend to show there are many ways to use your head and hands, and many promising paths to success in life in addition to attending a four-year college.
Application deadline is Monday, June 17, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Pacific time). For full details, visit: https://hftforschoolsprize.org/the-prize
If you have any questions, please contact Harbor Freight Tools for Schools at 424-363-1783.