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Skaer-Tactics: Grainger Steps up to the Tech Shortage Plate

September 15, 2008
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For the rest of this year, I am going to make a concerted effort, via this blog, to bring some positive news regarding this industry. In truth, I do not have to dig deep.

For instance, it’s great that Grainger has stepped forward in addressing the technician shortage. The facility maintenance supplier recently announced it is increasing its technical education scholarship program from its original nine community colleges to 35 across the country. More students will now have the opportunity to apply and possibly receive money needed to get through a school’s HVACR program.

“The economic health of America depends on the availability of qualified, skilled workers,” said James Ryan, Grainger’s president and CEO. “Grainger is proud to help students complete their technical education through our Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program.”

For those in the dark, Grainger’s program provides funding for students to finish their second year of HVAC classes. Upon graduation, the student is awarded a Westward® tool package, which is a nice gift for a graduate who needs such tools for his/her career.

To date, Grainger has helped 16 students complete their technical education programs as part of this effort.

Students attending one of the 35 participating schools interested in applying for a scholarship should contact the dean of that trade program.

The list of participating schools includes:

• Athens Technical College, Athens, Ga.

• Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, Va.

• Cincinnati State and Technical College, Cincinnati

• College of Lake County, Grayslake, Ill.

• Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh

• Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore

• Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas

• Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ill.

• Fletcher Technical Community College, Houma, La.

• Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Fla.

• GateWay Community College, Phoenix

• Gateway Community College, New Haven, Conn.

• Henry Ford Community College, Detroit

• Honolulu Community College, Honolulu

• Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indianapolis

• Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill.

• Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

• LA Trade Tech, Los Angeles

• Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Mo.

• Miami Dade College, Miami

• Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee

• Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis

• North Lake College, Irving, Texas

• Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.

• Queensborough Community College, Bayside, N.Y.

• Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, Co.

• Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, Calif.

• Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City

• San Jose City College, San Jose, Calif.

• South Seattle Community College, Seattle

• Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, Mass.

• St. Louis Community College, St. Louis

• St. Paul College, Twin Cities, Minn.

• U of Alaska Fairbanks-Tanana, Fairbanks, Alaska

• South Texas College, McAllen, Texas

Kudos to Grainger. Look for more positive news to come.
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who do I contact at Grainger about this?

tim shafer
September 24, 2008
Mark, I am an assistant professor of HVAC at WCCC in Youngwood,Pa. 15697. Can you tell me who to contact at Grainger's to include my HVAC program in the Grainger Scholarship Program? Thanks, Tim Shafer

Who do I contact at Grainger about this?

Greg Mazurkiewicz
September 25, 2008
Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) have been working together to promote the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. At Grainger, try contacting Sara Boyne-Granack, Regional Communications Manager, at 678-540-0148 or sara.boyne-granack@grainger.com. At the AACC, try contacting Norma Kent, Vice President of Communications, at (202) 728-0200 ext. 209 or nkent@aacc.nche.edu. Either of these people should be able to connect you with the right person. Greg Mazurkiewicz

Contact for Grainger

Mark Skaer
September 25, 2008
Tim Shafer, Yes, Greg Mazurkiewicz has supplied the correct contact people. I recommend starting out by contacting Sara Boyne-Granack. She should point you in the right direction. Good luck.

Grainger Tools for TomorrowSM scholarship program

Maureen Mulvihill
October 2, 2008
Schools interested in the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program may contact me at the number below for more details. Thank you. Maureen Mulvihill Community Affairs Manager W.W. Grainger, Inc. 847.535.9011

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