To make a vocational education more affordable, Sears has established a discount program aimed at technical school students.

The program offers students at participating trade schools and colleges half off the purchase of a tool set and storage bag or other unit. Qualifying subjects include auto body and aviation repair, construction, electrical, maintenance, plumbing, HVAC and computer technology. Popular items purchased through the program include Craftsman mechanic items sets, Craftsman portable power tools and volt meters.

More than 550 schools are currently enrolled, including: Indiana’s Ivy Tech, the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services in New York, Rochester Community and Technical College in Minnesota, Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin and San Joaquin Community College in California.

“We believe that education and training is essential for the future of our workforce,” said Dean Schwartz, vice president of tools at 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.”  

Darren Easley, a student at Rochester Community and Technical College, said it’s a great program.

“As a student I am constantly looking for ways to reduce my expenses,” he said. “Taking advantage of the Sears tools discount program has helped me get the new tools that I need. I think it’s great that Sears is helping students pursue an education.”