Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) provided students with a free pair of Red Wing Shoes protective footwear on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at CATEC’s campus. Watch Albemarle County Public Schools' video about the event here.
CATEC provides industry uniforms and personal protective gear to all students. As part of that initiative, CATEC is excited to work with Red Wing Shoes to provide its students with personal protective footwear again for the 2022-2023 school year. CATEC Director Stephanie Carter says, “It’s always a CATEC priority that our students have the best possible safety equipment. Supplying CATEC students with Red Wing Shoes is another step in keeping our students safe and preparing them to enter their industries.”
Red Wing Shoes is located on Abbey Road and provides the Charlottesville area with high-quality work footwear and accessories. Red Wing Certified Fit and Product Specialists will measure students’ feet, discuss their safety needs, and provide digital foot scans to identify individual needs in their mobile shoe store. Red Wing Shoes Store Manager Bill Gardner says the collaboration with CATEC is, “an amazing opportunity for Red Wing Charlottesville to engage with America’s next generation of tradesmen, tradeswomen, and first responders. It gives us a great sense of pride to get them started off on the ‘right foot’ and to be a part of such a wonderful community institution such as CATEC.”
Red Wing Shoes has sponsored CATEC’s School-to-Work Signing Day event for the last two years; the event celebrates students who entered the workforce upon graduation from their CATEC programs each May. Participating students walked away with a free pair of work boots courtesy of Red Wing.
CATEC is a regional technical education center that helps high school students and adults obtain the jobs they seek. Students have opportunities to practice hands-on and work-based learning activities alongside academically-driven curricula. CATEC prides itself on its built-in value, equity-based programs, and contribution to students' learning journeys.