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bfont face="Times New Roman" size="5"span style="FONT-WEIGHT:bold;FONT-SIZE:16pt;"Chicago/span/font/bbfont size="5"span style="FONT-WEIGHT:bold;FONT-SIZE:16pt;" Pneumatic Increases T2 School of the Year Prize Value to $25,000 in Second Annual Competition/span/font/bifont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;FONT-STYLE:italic;"/span/font/iifont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;FONT-STYLE:italic;"Deadline for entering the competition is December 31, 2008/span/font/ifont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;"_________________________________________________________________________/span/font p class="MsoNormal"bfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-WEIGHT:bold;FONT-SIZE:12pt;"nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; /span/font/bfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"Chicago Pneumatic, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of high-performance aftermarket tools, accessories and compressors, has increased the prize value of the second annual TT School of the Year to $25,000. The 2009 School of the Year will be awarded $10,000 in Chicago Pneumatic tools, with three regional winners receiving tools worth $5,000./span/font/pp class="MsoNormal"font face="Times New Roman" color="black" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;COLOR:black;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"In addition to nationwide recognition in emTomorrow’s Technician/em magazine and the tool prizes from Chicago Pneumatic, the winning schools will receive a School of the Year plaque, flag and shop banners, and apparel. strongEntries must be received by December 31, 2008/strong./span/font/pfont face="Times New Roman" color="black" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;COLOR:black;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"/span/fontfont face="Times New Roman" color="black" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;COLOR:black;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"Students, teachers and school supporters can nominate their school online at a title="http://www.tomorrowstechnician.com/" href="http://www.tomorrowstechnician.com/"font color="#800080"www.tomorrowstechnician.com/font/a by clicking on the T2 School of the Year presented by Chicago Pneumatic banner. Entries can also be sent to T2 Editor Ed Sunkin via e-mail at a title="mailto:[email protected]" href="mailto:[email protected]"[email protected]/a or by mail to 2008/09 School of the Year, Tomorrow’s Technician, 3550 Embassy Parkway, Akron, Ohio 44333. /span/fontfont face="Times New Roman" color="black" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;COLOR:black;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Entry forms must include the nominee’s name and position, school name and address, contact information and a 500-word or less stronganswer to why /strong/span/fontstrongyou think your school should be named this year’s School of the Year.font color="black"span style="COLOR:black;"/span/font/strongfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"emTomorrow’s Technician /emreceived more than 170 entries during last year’s School of the Year competition, including the grand prize winner, Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill., and three regional finalists: Tennessee Tech Center in Newbern, Tenn.; North Central Technical Skills Center in Wenatchee, Wash.; and the Sultana High School Automotive Tech Program in font color="black"span style="COLOR:black;"Hesperia/span/fontfont color="black"span style="COLOR:black;", Calif./span/fontfont color="black"span style="COLOR:black;" Last year’s tool prizes were valued at $13,000./span/font/span/fontfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"strongChicago Pneumatic/strong is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative aftermarket tools, accessories and compressors. Founded in 1901, the company serves automotive, truck and heavy equipment repair, and tire and body shops with industry leading pneumatic impact wrenches, ratchets, drills, grinders, pneumatic hammers and sanders. To learn more about Chicago Pneumatic’s dedication to quality and innovation, please visit a title="http://www.cp.com/" href="http://www.cp.com/"www.cp.com/a./span/fontfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"span style="FONT-SIZE:12pt;LINE-HEIGHT:150%;"nbsp;/span/fontimg src="http://www.tomorrowstechnician.com/cs/aggbug.aspx?PostID=487" width="1" height="1"


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