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Lowe’s and SkillsUSA have awarded a $14,010 grant to the SkillsUSA Chapter at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School for the creation of a brick “Career Path” to connect buildings on campus.

SCVTHS SkillsUSA students will work with Lowe’s Pros to help design and build the brick “Career Path.” The path will make buildings on the campus of SCVTHS more accessible and also create a shorter route between buildings. All members of SCVTHS and any visitor will be able to enjoy this accessibility and beautification project.

The SkillsUSA chapter was one of 14 programs nationwide to receive a Lowe’s grant in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $25,000. The local school grants are designed to strengthen local communities as they provide enhanced learning opportunities for students. To apply for a grant, students completed a written application to detail their project, tell why it is important, how it will be conducted and the outcomes and benefits. Finalists were selected based on their proposal and supporting plans. These projects will improve schools and local communities while reinforcing the students’ career and technical educational experience through the practical use of their skills.

“Lowe’s is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work,” said James Frison, director of community relations at Lowe’s. “We’re excited to partner with SkillsUSA and Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools to provide opportunities for students to apply their skills while giving back to their community.”


About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to:


About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live.


To learn more:


Local School Contact:          Lowe’s Contact:                                SkillsUSA Contact:

James Strickhart                      Megan Lewis                                      Jane DeShong Short

908-526-8900 x7169               704-758-2386                                     703-737-0612