Summer Programs

Increasing access to high-quality skilled trades education and training

Los Angeles County Skilled Trades Summers

In the summer of 2024, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools will support eight summer programs where students can complete hands-on skilled trades training programs in automotive tech, carpentry, construction, solar installation and welding. The descriptions for our returning partners are shown below. Information about the updated program at The Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor and new programs at CalAPS and Bridge Housing/Jordan Downs will be added soon. 

Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE), Canoga Park

Students complete the first component of solar installation credentialing while learning basic construction skills.  Program participants use these skills to repair and upgrade the sites of local schools and community centers.

Artesia High School

Six-week, 40 hours per week auto repair and welding programs where students master basic skills and earn advanced industry certifications.

Da Vinci Schools, El Segundo/Hawthorne

A two-week Advanced Manufacturing program enabling a cohort of 30 students from multiple high schools to complete hands-on projects using CAD software, laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC machines, and welding equipment.

La Mirada High School

High school welding students earn safety certifications and master advanced welding programs.  These high school students then mentor middle school students from multiple nearby communities in two-week skilled trades summer camps that feature hands-on carpentry, electrical, solar, and welding projects.

Port of Los Angeles High School, San Pedro

Students earn high-value industry credentials in welding (including TIG welding), construction, electrical, and plumbing.  Students can earn dual enrollment college credit by completing the automotive technology coursework.