GCC Students Receive Grainger Scholarships, Toolkits

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gateway Community College (GCC) students John Leone and Nicholas Cundy were recently honored with Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarships and toolkits by the Grainger branch in North Haven.

Since 2006, the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program has helped technical education students across the country realize their educational goals. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students with a $2,000 scholarship and a customized Westward toolkit upon successful completion of the student’s technical education program.

Candidates for the program must be entering their final year at select community colleges and be studying electronic systems, heating/air conditioning, plumbing, pneumatics, welding, automotive, construction, facilities maintenance or other industrial trade. Grainger’s program aims to help alleviate the severe shortage of skilled laborers in the United States in the manufacturing, welding and other trades. This shortage, due to retiring Baby Boomers and a decline in technical education enrollment, could critically impact the health and vitality of our local economies and national infrastructure.