One Company’s Commitment to Our Future Workforce
W. W. Grainger, Inc. began partnering with Mountwest Community & Technical College in 2009 through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program. Since then, the company has given away $16,000 in scholarships and nearly $10,000 worth of Westward® tools to Mountwest students pursuing a degree in a technical field.
“Technical education programs at community and technical colleges are so important because they meet the training needs of industries like electronic systems, heating/air conditioning, plumbing, welding, automotive, construction, facilities maintenance, machining and other industrial trades,” said Randy Taylor, manager of Grainger’s branch in Huntington. “We are passionate about supporting technical education, the skilled trades and the individuals who do these important jobs.”
The Grainger scholarship is the largest sum the college awards in private scholarships to-date. Applications are typically available during the spring semester to students entering their final year of a technical degree program with at least a 3.0 g.p.a.
Two RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program students, enrolled at Mountwest Community & Technical College (MCTC), each received W.W. Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarships and customized toolkits valued at $1,200. Standing behind the contents of one of the Grainger Toolkits are, from left: Randall Taylor, Huntington (W.Va.) Branch Manager of Grainger; Kristopher Jones of Morgantown, W.Va., scholarship recipient; Angelyka Mendoza of Lumberport, WV, scholarship recipient; Sheanna Spence, Director of Development at Mountwest, and Ed Black, Program Manager of the RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program.