Ft. Larned USD 495 is honored to be recognized as a recipient of the DEWALT Grow the Trades Grant, acknowledging our efforts to expand the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department at Larned High School.

With an estimated 10 million global manufacturing jobs currently unfilled, DEWALT’s Grow the Trades Grants aim to help close the skilled labor gap by supporting non profit organizations that are skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling tradespeople. Each year, the program awards funding and tool donations as part of a larger $30 million commitment over five years. 

Ft. Larned USD 495 was selected as one of 70 organizations that are projected to skill and re-skill more than 55,000 people in 2024 with DEWALT’s support. "Ft. Larned USD 495 is thrilled to be a recipient of the DEWALT Grow the Trades Grant, which will significantly enhance our CTE offerings at both the middle school and high school levels," said Adam Hewson, Teacher at Larned High School. "With these new tools, our students will have hands-on access to state-of-the-art equipment, allowing them to develop practical skills that are directly applicable to real-world trades and industries."

“DEWALT is immensely proud to support Ft. Larned as they work to skill and re-skill the tradespeople of tomorrow moving us closer to our shared goal of closing the trade skills gap,” said Frank Mannarino, President, Power Tools Group, Stanley Black & Decker. “Funding educational programs and non-profits like Ft. Larned USD 495 connects more people to training, resources and opportunities that will lead to successful careers in the trades.”

To learn more about the 2023 DEWALT Grow the Trades Grant, recipients and updates for the upcoming application period beginning in May 2024, please visit DEWALT Grow the Trades by clicking here.