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21st Century Culture Change

We are exploring novel, long-term ways to change the perception that CTE and skilled trades are somehow not first-rate, intelligent choices for study, career, and life.

Let’s Build It

 The Let’s Build It Institute is a convening of Harbor Freight Tools for School’s prize-winning teachers designed to produce valuable, inventive ideas that could dramatically improve skilled trades education in public schools across the country.

Why We Created Let’s Build It Institute

We created Let’s Build It to yield creative, new ideas that could dramatically improve and ripple through skilled trades teaching, learning and promotion of excellence on a national scale.

Our Purpose

It is our hope that the Let’s Build It Institute will assist in creating the conditions and ongoing support for skilled trades teachers to establish a durable network of learning, trust, invention and mutual support that will continue to grow and deepen in the future.

Harbor Freight Salutes

Ivana Nunez

“My mentor never let me get away with saying, ‘I can’t do it.’ That was never an option. I want to give my students a role model so they can see women doing this.”
Ivana Nunez teaches Electrical Installation at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in New York City – the same high school she attended. Interested in both plumbing and electrical, her mom told her to pursue electrical because “it’s less dirty and you can do that job.” She graduated, worked as an electrician and then returned to teach.

Navigating Our Way

 Meet Seymour and Sylvie – two youth who grow up loving the New Orleans’ harbor – its big ships, the sounds of the water, and the endless potential that lay ahead of them. As Seymour and Sylvie grow up, they learn about and opt for two different pathways through learning and life. Neither better – just different! Follow their two paths – and see how they lead them back to the place they grew up together.

Navigating Our Way – presented by Big Picture Learning ( and FableVision ( and narrated by Wendell Pierce.