(WICHITA, KS) – As part of Lowe’s National “Toolbox for Education” program, Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA are helping the next generation of automotive technician professionals develop their skills at Wichita Area Technical College (WATC). Lowe’s is donating approximately $1,100 worth of Kobalt tools to the college’s Automotive Service Technology program to be used in the classroom as part of the national program. Nationwide, 400 SkillsUSA automotive service programs will receive $450,000 in equipment to enhance classroom learning. WATC will receive its set of Kobalt tools at 2:30 p.m. on April 19th at the Lowe’s store on East Kellogg.
“This is a wonderful example of how industry works to partner with education, for the betterment of a career technical academic program and the success of our students,” said Sheree Utash, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “SkillsUSA plays a huge role in the transformation of our students as it provides skills and leadership training that will be applicable to their future. 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, GA where four-time reigning NASCAR Spring Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson personally delivered the first set of tools to students from Jonesboro High School. Larry D. Stone, Chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation stated that, “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.”