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STLCC-Forest Park Students Earn Grainger Scholarships
December 14, 2010
Joseph Dietrich and Austin Lehman, students at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, each received a $2,000 scholarship by Grainger, a local distributor of facilities maintenance supplies. Pictured are, from left, Brenda Russell, acting vice president
Joseph Dietrich and Austin Lehman, students at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, each has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by Grainger Industrial Supply, a local distributor of facilities maintenance supplies supporting the St. Louis community.
Dietrich and Lehman are two of more than 150 students in the United States to receive the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship this year. When they graduate in May, they also will receive customized Westward toolkits from Grainger valued at more than $1,000.
“Today’s St. Louis Community College technical education students will become tomorrow’s industrial skilled tradesmen, dedicated to keeping the St. Louis community working and growing,” said Dan Onder, manager of Grainger’s branch in Fenton, Mo. “One of the best ways to invest in St. Louis is to contribute to the education of our future tradesmen and women.”
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, 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 75 selected AACC-member colleges across the country with a $2,000 scholarship and, upon completion of their technical education program, the customized Westward toolkit to help them embark on their future careers.
W.W. Grainger Inc. is North America’s leading broadline supplier of maintainance, repair and operating products with an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America.