“Our students are running real businesses and turning their desire to work with their hands into something that can impact their lives and community, today and in the future.”
-Elyse Burden, Co-Founder of Real World Scholars
Featured Partnership: Harbor Freight EdCorps
Creative Entrepreneurship. Hands-On Learning. Student-Run Businesses.
We partnered with Real World Scholars, a nonprofit that supports K-12 classrooms in developing their own student-run businesses, to create Harbor Freight EdCorps, which teaches students in skilled trades classrooms how to operate online businesses, sell what they make, and invest profits back into their communities. With successful start-ups in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and California, we are proud to support entrepreneurship in the skilled trades by helping students learn what it takes to create and run a thriving business.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We fund high schools developing SkillsUSA chapters and scholarships for students traveling to the SkillsUSA National Championships to compete on behalf of their states.
Big Picture Learning
Big Picture Learning works with more than 65 schools to create educational pathways that let students be at the center of their learning. With our funding, Big Picture Learning created and operates the Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative, connecting students with mentors in their chosen skilled trade, paid internships and the opportunity to build lasting relationships in their career field.
We fund enhanced skilled trades classroom offerings, internships, tool donations and industry-recognized credentials for students and teachers in partnership with VC Innovates at four high schools in our home region of Ventura County, California.
We support DIY Girls’ free summer woodworking camp, where girls learn to work with tools and grow familiar with academic and career pathways in the skilled trades.