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Grainger awards scholarships to increase skilled employees in industrial trades

November 10, 2011

Huntington, W.Va. - Matthew DeMoss and James Turner, students at Mountwest Community and Technical College, were recently awarded $2,000 scholarships by Grainger, a local distributor of facilities maintenance supplies supporting the Huntington region for more than 10 years.

DeMoss and Turner were two of 200 students in the U.S. offered the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship this year. When both students graduate from Mountwest Community & Technical College, they also will receive a customized Westward® toolkit from Grainger, valued at more than $1,000.

“Today’s Mountwest technical education students will become tomorrow’s industrial skilled tradesmen, dedicated to keeping the Huntington community working and growing,” said Randy Taylor, manager of Grainger’s branch in Huntington. “One of the best ways to invest in local community is to contribute to the education of our future tradesmen and women.”

“We are very appreciative of this partnership with Grainger.  Their encouragement and support of our programs here is outstanding,” said Dr. Keith Cotroneo, Mountwest Community & Technical College President.

There is a growing gap between industry’s workforce needs and the skills of job seekers. Grainger, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program in 2006. The program is designed to help students in the industrial skilled trades curriculum who have demonstrated drive, commitment and leadership realize their educational and career goals. The program awards outstanding students at 100 selected AACC member colleges across the country with a $2,000 scholarship and, upon completion of the student’s technical education program, the customized Westward® toolkit to help support them in their future career. For the 2011 – 2012 academic year, one-half of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarships, 100 awards, are specifically targeted to military veterans in recognition of their service to our country.


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Shirley Dyer