College & Community Relations
Kobalt Donates Tools to Aims Community College As Part of Lowe's National "Toolbox for Education" ProgramSubmitted on: 05-11-2010
Lowe's and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA are helping the next generation of trade professionals develop their skills at Aims Community College through their Toolbox for Education program. Lowe's is donating approximately $1,100 worth of Kobalt tools to the school as part of the national program, which will total about $450,000 to 400 SkillsUSA automotive service technology programs across the nation for use in their classrooms. SkillsUSA advisor Butch Webeck, was selected to receive the toolkit for the Aims Automotive Technology program. "This is a wonderful example of how industry works to partner with education, for the betterment of the technical program and the success of my students," Webeck said. "SkillsUSA has had a huge part in the transformation of my students because it has provided skills and leadership training that they don't get anywhere else. Lowe's and Kobalt Tools support reinforces what we are teaching in the classroom and shows the value of education-industry partnerships." The national program kicked off in March at the Lowe's of Edgewood in Atlanta, where four-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson personally delivered the first sets of tools to students from Jonesboro High School. He made the visit to the Lowe's store just prior to the March 7 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. "By working with Kobalt Tools and SkillsUSA to provide tools to these students, Lowe's is able to help prepare the future of America's skilled workforce in their chosen career paths," said Larry D. Stone, chairman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "With Kobalt tools in their toolbox and training from their schools and Skills USA, students will be better prepared for success when they enter the workforce." SkillsUSA Executive Director Timothy Lawrence agreed. "The donation of Kobalt Tools to SkillsUSA's automotive service technology labs nationwide will help prepare the next generation of workers and leaders for the challenging and competitive workforce of the 21st century. The youth who will benefit from this generous donation will maintain and repair our automobiles in the future," Lawrence said. "Through the Toolbox for Education program, SkillsUSA, Lowe's and our technical training schools are building something together that will truly make a lasting impact." ABOUT SkillsUSA SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association's annual membership exceeds 300,000 students and instructors in more than 3,700 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit: www.skillsusa.org. ABOUT LOWE'S Lowe's is a proud supporter of SkillsUSA, Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous nonprofit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2008, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $25 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe's also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe's Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe's is a FORTUNEŽ 50 company with fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion and has more than 1,650 stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit: Lowes.com/community. Follow the Toolbox for Education program on Facebook at facebook.com/toolboxforeducation.
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