A Northeast Alabama Community College student was recently awarded the Westward® toolkit from the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Benjamin Cook (Emergency Medical Services) was awarded the tool kit along with a $2,000 scholarship from Grainger.
While there are high paying jobs in the industrial sector, many of these jobs are going unfilled due to a shortage of trained, skilled workers. This shortage, due to retiring Baby Boomers and a decline in technical education enrollment, could critically impact the health of the local and national economies. To promote the importance of careers in the industrial skilled trades, Grainger, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program in 2006 to help students realize their educational and career goals.
“Grainger is investing in the future of industry and communities through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program,” said Sherie Grace, Dean of Student Services. “We are proud to partner with Grainger and believe business and community college partnerships are one solution to building a stronger workforce.”
Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, helps local businesses and organizations keep their facilities running. Grainger operates more than 612 branches, 22 distribution centers and multiple web sites across the world. Each year, the company offers scholarships of $2,000 each at community colleges across the United States. These scholarships are awarded to students in skilled trade programs such as plumbing, welding, automotive, public safety, and construction. Half of the scholarships offered are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to the scholarship, Grainger provides custom Westward toolkits to program recipients who complete their degrees to help prepare graduates to launch a successful career in their chosen field. Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $2.7 million to support technical education.
“We are very excited about this partnership with Grainger,” Dr. David Campbell, President at NACC said. “This is a great opportunity for our students to not only receive a scholarship to help them pay for their school expenses but also receive an extraordinary tool kit that will allow students to begin their career in a high paying job in the industrial sector.”
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