Calabasas, California - We think high school skilled trades teachers are worth a million bucks. Actually, we think they're priceless. And that's why we're excited to announce that we've doubled this year's Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence to $1 million.

A few months ago, I shared with you stories of the amazing skilled trades high school teachers who won last year's prize. We were so inspired by their commitment and passion for teaching that we wanted to do more. This year, we're awarding more than $1 million in prizes to even more outstanding skilled trades teachers and their public high schools.

Three first-place winners and their schools will receive $100,000 ($30,000 to the teacher or teacher team, and $70,000 to their high school's skilled trades program), and 15 second-place winners will receive $50,000 ($15,000 to the teacher or teacher team, and $35,000 to their high school's skilled trades program).

We've seen firsthand the impact that skilled trades teachers in this country are making in the lives of students. They're teaching them how to repair cars, how to weld, how to build houses, how to install electrical systems and plumbing, the list goes on and on. These educators are giving our young people tangible skills that lead to great jobs after high school graduation.

Skilled trades teachers are heroes, and it's time to recognize them. If you're a skilled trades teacher at a U.S. public high school, please apply. And if you know a great skilled trades teacher, please forward this message to them and encourage them to apply.

Applications are open now through July 6 at

We can't wait to shine a spotlight on the great work that these teachers are doing!


Eric Smidt
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, LLC