The Journal Gazette
Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:09 am

Garrett High School skilled trades program awarded $50,000

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A northeast Indiana construction trades teacher is getting $50,000 for his school's skilled trades program, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools announced today.

Chad Sutton, a teacher at Garrett High School in Garrett, joins 14 other $50,000 prize winners and three grand prize winners, who each received $100,000 as part of $1 million awarded to trades teachers nationwide, according to a news release.

It's exciting to be recognized among such great programs and teachers from across the country, Sutton said today by email.

"I have always believed that we have something pretty special going on at Garrett HS," he said. "It's pretty awesome to include everything that is happening in the Career Development Program on an application and then see that people from across the country believe it is special!"

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was created in 2017 by Eric Smidt, founder of Harbor Freight Tools. It recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools and the educators inspiring students to learn skills for life after graduation, the release said.

Sutton was a semifinalist in 2019.

"Trades teachers are educating and developing the tradespeople of the future," Smidt said in a statement. "Many of the students in their classes today will become – as soon as next spring – the workers who keep our critical care infrastructure, our communication networks, our homes and cars up and running. The prize is our way of saying thank you to their teachers."

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