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We support the tall aims and hands-on learning embraced by imaginative skilled trades students and teachers, mentors and administrators—and the circle of community supporting them.

“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. 



We fund high schools developing SkillsUSA chapters and scholarships for students traveling to the SkillsUSA National Championships to compete on behalf of their states. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors, and industry, that works to integrate personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics with career and technical education. Local, state, and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards and provide needed recognition to skilled trades students.

Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative

Partnering with Big Picture Learning and utilizing their student-centered model of education, the Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative focuses on youth with exceptional knowledge and skills in a trade to help them develop competencies and accomplishments needed for life after high school and the workplace. This partnership offers students opportunities to connect with mentors in their chosen trades, develop key technical and soft skills, and earn paid internships.

Harbor Freight Scholars Program

The Harbor Freight Scholars program is a four-year collaboration with select high schools in Ventura County, Calif. to boost great learning in the skilled trades. The program funds enhanced skilled trades classroom offerings, internships, tool donations and industry-recognized credentials for students and teachers.

DIY Girls

We partnered with DIY Girls to support a free summer woodworking camp for under-served students to teach them to work with tools, builds confidence and increases girls’ awareness of academic and career pathways in the skilled trades.