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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow with SkillsUSA

There is a shortage of skilled workers across the United States, and the gap is expected to widen between workers needed in U.S. industry and the workers who have the necessary skills. To help close the skills gap, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has proudly supported SkillsUSA? and its students since 2004. SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA, helps high school and postsecondary students excel through world-class technical education coupled with training in leadership, character development and commitment to community service. In joining hands with SkillsUSA and its more than 310,000 members annually, Lowe's knows the hard work we put in today will produce our leaders of tomorrow. As part of the largest corporate donation in SkillsUSA history, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has committed $1.5 million annually to our nonprofit partner through 2014. This brings Lowe's total commitment to SkillsUSA to more than $10 million. In 2011, Lowe's foundation donated more than $130,000 to support SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Competition. Nearly 5,700 career and technical education students competed in the 2011 championships. Lowe's executives were on hand to congratulate competitors, and students delivered handmade cards thanking Lowe's for providing travel funds to allow them to attend the conference. The foundation's grant also helped support competition prizes and materials, the conference webcast and Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipients, who set a SkillsUSA record by volunteering more than 27,000 hours to improve communities across the country. "The SkillsUSA and Lowe's partnership has had an important impact on education, economic development and communities," said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. "SkillsUSA helps students develop their abilities in skill areas considered essential by employers, particularly employability skills. And, community service supported by Lowe's grants provides service learning that benefits students' education as well as developing communities." Find out more about Lowe's efforts in the community at
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