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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.

“In partnership with HFTFS, 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

Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative

Partnering with Big Picture Learning with a 3 year, $1.2 million grant, the Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative is focusing 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 will allow students with “golden hands” and an interest in the trades to fully utilize Big Picture’s student-centered model of education.

Harbor Freight Scholars Program

The Harbor Freight Scholars Program is slated to be a deep, four-year investment in selected high schools in Ventura County, CA to boost great learning in the skilled trades.  The program would fund enhanced skilled trades classroom offerings, internships, tool donations, and industry-recognized credentials for students and teachers.  We approach this program with a desire to stay grounded in day-to-day learning in classrooms, and to show others that real investment in the skilled trades gets results.

Harbor Freight EdCorps

We’re partnering with Real World Scholars to create Harbor Freight EdCorps, which will support students in skilled trades classrooms to create online businesses and sell what they make. Beginning in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee, and California, and hopefully expanding, we seek to support entrepreneurship in the skilled trades–helping students learn by doing and experiencing what it really takes to start something new.


Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is partnering with SkillsUSA to support student excellence in the skilled trades and to foster growth in high-quality trades education in high schools.  SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry, and ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Its programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students.  Through a $115,000 grant to SkillsUSA, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools will fund chapter-building grants and scholarships for students traveling to the SkillsUSA National Championships to compete in skilled trades competitions on behalf of their states.