2013 - 2014
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Gets its Name; First Tools Donation Made
Harbor Freight Tools donates $1.4 million worth of tools to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s skilled trades programs, whose funding was severely cut.
2015 - 2016
Harbor Freight Tools donates $105,000 to Chicago Public Schools’ Career & Technical Education (CTE) Division
$100,000 plus $5,000 in tools were donated via the Children’s First Fund of Chicago Public Schools.
Advisors Help Dream; Pinpoint Opportunities and Gaps in CTE
Twenty-two advisors (teachers, CTE advocates, business and education policy-makers) recommended ways to engage teachers with a primary focus on high schools and the skilled trades.
2015 - 2018
Support and Partnership with Exploring the Arts (ETA)
We love to borrow great ideas. We share with ETA, the nonprofit founded by Tony Bennett & Susan Benedetto, a commitment to transforming the lives of young people.
Late Spring 2016
Denver Skilled Trades Teachers Reflect and Advise
On the direct-is-best theory, we conducted a focus group with skilled trades teachers...
Summer - Autumn, 2016
We Asked; Teachers Responded
Harbor Freight CEO and Smidt Foundation founder Eric Smidt reached out digitally to 40,000 customers to request their opt-in participation in a survey of skilled trades teachers.
Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative Announced
Big Picture Learning received a three-year, $1.2 million grant...
Second Advisor Team Pressure Tests Emergent Strategies
We offered up 15 potential strategies to focus and deepen our work over the next 3 years.
Harbor Freight Scholars Program Slated to be Launched in Ventura County, CA
School partners selected for the program would receive a four-year grant to help significantly expand and enhance…
Inaugural Prize for Teaching Excellence Launched
Over $500,000 in awards will recognize 10 outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs at U.S. public high schools...
Harbor Freight EdCorps to Pursue Entrepreneurship
Beginning in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee, and California, students in public high school skilled trades classrooms will learn what it takes to
First Place Winners of the Inaugural Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence Announced
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in US public high
Third Advisor Team Reflects on Progress and Looks Ahead to Future
A third group of advisors met to discuss the importance and role of technology for the skilled trades, define what the skilled trades are, how HFTFS
2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence Launched
$1 Million in prize awards will recognize 18 outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs at U.S. public high schools...
First annual Let’s Build It Institute launched to deepen skilled trades teaching excellence
10 of the 12 winners of the inaugural 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence accepted our invitation to join together
Grant to DIY Girls’ 2018 Summer Woodworking Camp serves as learning experience for all involved
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools partnered with DIY Girls to support a free summer woodworking camp for under-served students to engage them in the
Continuing to Create Entrepreneurs in the Skilled Trades
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools continued its partnership with Real World Scholars to build 25 Harbor Freight EdCorps in communities across the
2018 Advisors’ Diverse Experiences Inform Research and Engagement
Our 2018 Advisors pressure-tested our skilled trades education landscape analysis and shared ideas for how to be an exemplary funder and partner
18 Skilled Trades Teachers Win $1 Million for 2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence
Three public high school skilled trades teachers—a welding teacher from Georgia, a building trades teacher from Michigan and an industrial diesel