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. 

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor

Students from throughout the Port of Los Angeles community earn high-value industry credentials in welding and construction. Boys and Girls Club coordinators provide one-on-one support to promote subsequent job placement and employment success.


Twenty students from six different high schools will complete four weeks of training and complete an entire tiny house project (carpentry, electrical, and plumbing), while earning OSHA 10 and First Aid certification.

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.

Jordan Downs/BRIDGE Housing

A 2-week community-based pilot program where 15 young residents of Jordan Downs will complete hands-on skilled trades modules in carpentry, electrical, solar, and welding projects

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.