May 8, 2014

Sears Vocational Discount Program


In the last few years, there has been a lot of good stuff written and said about the value of blue collar work. The book Shop Class as Soulcraft and the seemingly tireless work of Mike Rowe are what immediately comes to mind. Personally, I've lived in both the blue and white collar worlds and greatly preferred the former over the latter.

Sears and Craftsman are playing their part in support of the trades by now offering vo-tech schools and students 50% off the first-time purchase of a tool set and tool storage unit. The program is called the Tech Schools and Tools Partners Discount Program for students and you can sign up here.

There's more information in the full press release (after the jump).

SEARSĀ® introduces vocational school discount program

Opportunity for schools and students to receive 50 percent off first-time purchase of regular priced tool storage units and tool sets

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., (Feb. 4, 2014) - The cost of an education can put a strain on a student's budget. Sears is doing its part in supporting vocational education and has established the Tech Schools and Tools Partners Discount Program for students. The effort allows students to receive 50 percent off a first-time purchase of a tool set and tool storage unit. Following a beta-test of 200 schools in Aug. 2013, word-of-mouth about the program quickly spread. Today, more than 550 schools are participating.

"We believe that education and training is essential for the future of our workforce," said Dean Schwartz, vice president of tools, Sears Holdings. "With our vocational school discount program, Sears can play an integral role in helping students get the tools and experience they need to be successful."

Students of trade schools, high school vocational schools, colleges and universities are eligible for the program and discount. Sign up for the vocational school discount program is easy and free at; just complete one form to join the tool discount program and also become a member of the Craftsman Club and Shop Your Way.

Discounts apply on any tool set or storage unit carried by Sears, which carries tools for all trades including: auto body, aviation repair, construction, electrical, maintenance, plumbing, HVAC, computer technology and more. Popular tools among students include Craftsman mechanic tool sets, Craftsman portable power tools and volt meters.

Schools that are already leveraging the program include Ivy Tech in Ind.; the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in N.Y.; Rochester Community and Technical College in Minn.; Madison Area Technical College in Wis. and San Joaquin Community College in Calif.

"As a student I am constantly looking for ways to reduce my expenses. Taking advantage of the Sears tools discount program has helped me get the new tools that I need," says student Darren Easley at Rochester Community and Technical College. "I think it's great that Sears is helping students pursue an education."

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 8, 2014 8:19 PM
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