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Grainger awards toolkits to scholarship recipients

June 05, 2013

Bridgeport, W.Va. - Two Mountwest Community & Technical College students from the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in Bridgeport were recently presented customized Westward® toolkits from W.W. Grainger, Inc. as part of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program.

Kristopher Jones of Morgantown, W.Va., and Angelyka Mendoza of Ponce, Puerto Rico, were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship from Grainger, a local distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, for the 2012-2013 academic year. The students are among 200 students at 100 community colleges nationwide to receive the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship this year.

The toolkits were awarded by Randy Taylor, manager of Grainger’s branch in Huntington, W.Va., upon the students’ completion of their technical degree programs. Jones and Mendoza, both Machinist Technology majors, graduated May 17 with their associate degrees from Mountwest Community & Technical College through the college’s partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute.

“Grainger is investing in the future of industry and communities from the Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship program,” Taylor said. “We are passionate about supporting technical education, the skilled trades and the individuals who do these important jobs. We must support these students and our local community college today to keep our country’s industries and businesses strong.”

With two million customers in almost every type of business, Grainger knows first-hand how vital industrial skilled tradesmen are for a strong local workforce in local communities. Partnerships between local businesses and community colleges are critical in keeping our country’s industries and businesses strong.

“Grainger is such a strong advocate of community and technical college education in our community,” said Sheanna Spence, director of development at Mountwest. “Their partnership with Mountwest since 2009 has been incredibly beneficial to our students in helping them pursue their career goals.” 

Jones is employed as a machinist at Bamco in Morgantown. Mendoza is still waiting on the right job offer.

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.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2012 sales of $9 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations. For more information about Grainger’s commitment to technical education, visit\teched.


Photo: Two RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program students, enrolled at Mountwest Community & Technical College,each received $2,000 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, W.Va., scholarship recipient; Sheanna Spence, Director of Development at Mountwest, and Ed Black, Program Manager of the RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program.