CV-TEC Welding Teacher Recognized for Excellence

Harbor Freight Awards $1,000 to CV-TEC in Recognition of Welding Teacher Excellence

CV-TEC Teacher, Tom Aubin Selected as a Semi-Finalist in National CTE Teaching Excellence ChallengeCV-TEC Teacher, Tom Aubin Selected as a Semi-Finalist in National CTE Teaching Excellence Challenge

Today, the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence foundation announced that CV-TEC would receive $1,000 in recognition of the excellent teaching demonstrated by one of its instructors. Mr. Tom Aubin, a 33-year veteran welding teacher, was recently selected as one of 54 semi-finalists in a national competition of almost 700 Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers.

According to CV-TEC Director, Michele Friedman, “We are so proud that Team CV-TEC has such an accomplished welding teacher as Mr. Aubin. He has prepared and inspired numerous welding students during his years of service!”

In order to be eligible for a Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, Mr. Aubin was required to watch professional development videos, to read professional development articles, to document his teaching proficiency and to document his technical content knowledge.

According to Harbor Freight the company’s criteria for defining an “excellent” program includes “one led by a teacher who clearly loves the subject matter and is both highly knowledgeable and skilled; whose curriculum is matched to a relevant career pathway and future work choices; is designed to flow seamlessly into next-step options, whether to employment or college; encourages exploration and experimentation among students in a safe environment; and connects students to new relationships and worlds outside the classroom.”

James McCartney, CV-TEC Satellite Campus Principal describes Mr. Aubin “as a tireless team member whose technical expertise is grounded in his business and industry experience and a commendable work ethic. His dedication over more than two decades has prepared both secondary and adult welders for all types of welding careers.”

In response to the award provided to CV-TEC, Mr. Aubin reported, “I am pleased that the Harbor Freight award can be used to benefit CV-TEC and my students. I look forward to purchasing supplies that will support my classroom instruction!”

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, LLC supports the advancement of skilled trades’ education in America, born out of its founder’s deep respect for the dignity of these fields and for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands. This charitable initiative was created to foster and shine a light on excellence in skilled trades education in American public high schools, and it aims to stimulate greater understanding, support and investment by public entities and others. Top-notch skilled trades education in high school offers pathways to graduation, opportunity, good jobs and a workforce our country needs. Harbor Freight Tools for Schools was founded by Eric Smidt, co-founder, owner and CEO of national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools, and is now one of the philanthropic programs of The Smidt Foundation.