IQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, has donated tools and equipment to educational institutions with construction certification programs across the country.
“Our firm is making great strides over the years, (even more so this year) to support education programs within the construction industry," said Paul Guth, president of product development, iQ Power Tools. "Preparing students to identify and solve any problem they may face head-on is imperative to the success of our industry as a whole. If we can help offset some of the costs for these local communities, and these students, then it is a win-win for everyone.”
The company has extended help to multiple educational construction programs, most recently working with those focused on landscaping, building maintenance and tile setting.
Skylar Westergard, from Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Landscape Construction & Materials Program was one recipient. The program was working with the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) to develop a module on paver installation to complement our landscaping program.
"We were applying for a Tools for Schools Grant Program and reached out to iQ requesting a quote for the dustless masonry saw," Westergard said. "This was one of many landscaping tools needed for our program here on campus, which actually includes a 10-acre botanical garden setting the stage for our outdoor lab."
After receiving BYU’s request, a representative from iQ replied via email and offered to donate the saw.
“It was like Christmas morning when I opened that email,” Skylar said. “Now we could use the grant money for other much needed equipment.”
Robert Barnett, administration manager of construction projects at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, was another recipient. The students from the Residential Maintenance Technician Program attended the 2022 International Builders Show where they learned about the iQ dry-cutting tile saw and its complementing HVAC Dust Extractor.
"We realized what great potential there was for this in our program," Barnett said. "Our students engaged in a lengthy Q&A with Paul Guth of iQ in his booth, taking turns cutting material and learning about choosing the right blade for the right project. Some of our students had no idea of at-jobsite silica dangers. When the show was closing, Paul said to me, 'If you have the means to load and transport, you can take all our at-exhibit equipment with you today!’ We were speechless! Since the donation, we cannot imagine how our program could have survived without the dustless aspect only iQ offers.”
The company continues to build its educational efforts and training programs for those programs in need.
“If we’ve trained just one up-and-coming mason, one tile setter, or one landscape contractor how to work more efficiently and safely, and to enjoy the artistry of what they are creating with our tools, then frankly, we’ve made a difference in the industry,” Guth added.