These Mount Shasta brothers want to help youth learn the trades with scholarship
A Mount Shasta family that opened a family business seven years ago wants to help young people learn a trade.
The owners of All Trade Services — brothers Jake, Tim, and Morgan Pritchard — will offer a full scholarship to a Siskiyou County youth who wants to learn a trade.
It’s a way to encourage young people to go into similar fields practiced by All Trade, a company that provides electrical, plumbing, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair and maintenance services.
The brothers want to offer something they would have loved to have themselves.
“We have done well for ourselves these past few years, and we want to be able to give back to the community that has played an integral role in our growth,” said company spokeswoman and Jake Pritchard’s wife, Chelsea Pritchard — who describes her role in the business as chief financial officer, secretary and “everything in between.”
The total amount provided by the scholarship will vary depending on the trade the selected student chooses, she said. The family will determine the maximum cost the student will need to cover all of his or her classes and books required for electrical, plumbing or HVAC school.
“I’ve seen that kids with loads of mechanical talent, but empty pockets, often end up lost and forgotten once they realize college isn’t a (cost) option for them,” said Chelsea Pritchard, a Dunsmuir native. “The brothers know firsthand how that feels too.”
The three men grew up in Riverside in a household where budgets were tight, Pritchard said.
Their father Billy Pritchard was a mechanic.
Their mother Pollyanna Pritchard was a homemaker.
“They always felt loved and cared for,” but college wasn’t a financial option, Pritchard said. “They sort of fell into the trades without knowing where it would take them.”
In 2014, Jake Pritchard started All Trade Services out of his $1,500 truck and his garage. At that time, he had just received his electrician’s license, Chelsea Pritchard said.
A year later, his brothers Morgan Pritchard (now 38) in Oregon and Tim Pritchard (now 32) in Riverside moved to Mount Shasta to help him run his growing business.
Today the brothers have 13 employees, nine of whom are tradesmen like themselves.
Going to trade school paid off for them, she said. She and her family hope it will for other youths, too.
“It seems that kids these days think that their only option for a career is to go to college,” said Pritchard, who hopes more young people will consider trade school.
The family plans to offer a scholarship every year to those who want to learn the same trades that helped them launch their business, she said.
For more information about the scholarship or to apply, go to the company’s website alltradeservices.com/about/scholarship.
For more information visit All Trade Services at 614 S Mt Shasta Blvd., go to alltradeservices.com or call 918-5547.
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