Trade schools in Maryland and Indiana are the winners in Channellock Inc.'s inaugural Trade School Trade Up Competition to promote and encourage trade school education.
Teams in plumbing, electrical, welding and automotive trades were encouraged to develop a video to showcase their passion for their respective trade and a passion for the Channellock brand. Channellock is the Meadville-based hand-tool maker of world famous tongue-and-groove pliers and other tools.
Worcester Tech High School in Newark, Md., earned first place while Impact Institute in Kendallville, Ind., earned second in the nationwide competition.
"Supporting trade schools is incredibly important to us. These students are learning valuable skills that will help them build a solid career," said Jon DeArment, president of Channellock Inc.
"Our industry depends on people that know how to build and fix things. Whether you’re making pliers, building houses or repairing engines, we need skilled people to get the job done," he said. "With advances in technology, the skills required to build, install and maintain the equipment are more important than ever. These students are future customers and at Channellock, we are committed to supporting them along the way."
As the winner, Worcester Tech High School’s welding department will receive a $5,000 cash prize and Channellock tools for all team members and their class. They will also be presented with a full classroom makeover with Channellock Blue paint and fathead decals.
Impact Institute will receive a $2,500 cash prize and Channellock tools for all team members and their class.
The tool prize packages are valued at up to $3,000 each.
Worcester Tech’s Channellock classroom makeover reveal takes place Tuesday at the school with Jon and Ryan DeArment, fifth-generation Channellock Inc. family owners and operators of the company, in attendance.
Rick Stephens, head of the welding program at Worcester Tech High School and chair for Skills USA in Maryland, said the school was honored to win.
"Our students worked hard on their video submission and we are beyond thrilled to give our welding room a much-needed makeover," Stephens said.
Channellock Inc. plans to continue the Trade School Trade Up Competition in the future to inspire more students to have pride in their respective trades.