Jerry Webb has been teaching mechanical, electrical and plumbing programs for more than 20 years. At Hamilton County's Central High School, his classes constantly graduate students who cash in their practical skills in the job market. He was recently nominated for a Teaching Excellence prize from Harbor Freight Tools.  

Thursday, Webb learned he is one of fifteen $50,000 Tools for Schools winners and the only one from Tennessee. Thirty-five thousand dollars goes to his program, and he can use the rest at his discretion. He has established partnerships with TVA and Chattanooga State, in an effort to make energy efficient projects for the community.

School officials are grateful that Webb's hard work has not gone unnoticed. They say the additional funding will make it possible for Webb and his students to accomplish even more. But it's not just about the money, it's about the relationships. Principal Finley King praised Webb's communication skills with students.

Harbor Freight says the Tools for Schools awards program is meant to recognize teachers and schools that inspire students to learn a trade that prepares them for a career after high school. It's something Jerry Webb does very well at Central High.