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What We Do

A philanthropic program of The Smidt Foundation, we invest in great people and pragmatic invention to deepen the understanding and quality of skilled trades education in American public high schools and to stimulate support and investment by public entities and others.
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Amount awarded for the annual Prize for Teaching Excellence

Number of students benefiting from Prize awards

Skilled trades educators surveyed in 2016 for their advice

We focus on skilled trades that emphasize the expert use of tools and materials to build or repair products and structures, leading to high-demand and high-wage careers. We support the following broad fields of trades education.

Agriculture Mechanics

Carpentry

Construction

Electrical

HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)

Manufacturing

Plumbing

Transportation Mechanics

Welding