Harbor Freight Supports High School CTE Programs in a Big Way

Harbor Freight, a discount tool retailer based in Calabasas, CA, is furthering its commitment to support U.S. public high school career and technical education programs.

In 2013, Harbor Freight launched Harbor Freight Tools for Schools (HTFS) and donated $1.5 million worth of tools to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Last year, the company awarded more than $550,000 in prizes through its inaugural HTFS Prize for Teaching Excellence. Three first-place winners each won $30,000 for themselves and $70,000 to support their programs; seven second-place winners each won $10,000 and $20,000 to support their programs and 44 semi-finalists each received a $1,000 tool donation for their programs.

Several of the winners instruct woodworking programs, including first-place winner Jonathan Swartz, who teaches advanced manufacturing and woodworking at Colfax High School in Colfax, CA, and second-place winners Cole Smith and Bill Hartman, who teach construction, woodworking and design at Rancho Cotate High School in California.

Nearly 700 entries were received for the 2017 HTFS Prize for Teaching Excellence. HTFS plans to announced details for its 2018 program to award more than $1 million in cash and prizes May 1 and will accept applications between May 16 and July 6. To learn more watch the video below and visit

In addition to the Prize for Teaching Excellence, representatives of U.S. public high school skill trades programs can request a gift card donation for tools. Click here to learn more.