Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is one of 25 two-year colleges recently invited to participate in the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Through this program, Grainger offers qualified community college and technical college students financial scholarships in industrial and public safety programs.

 

“GNTC would like to thank Grainger for this opportunity,” said Jason Gamel, director of Institutional Advancement at Georgia Northwestern. “This partnership with Grainger exemplifies the importance of partnering with area businesses and the direct impact it will have for our students, employers, and our community.”

 

Nearly 650 students earned Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarships since the program’s inception in 2006. This year, Grainger invited 25 new schools to participate in the program, and announced that students in public safety programs are now eligible, representing its largest expansion since 2010, when Grainger doubled the number of scholarships offered.

 

“The education and support these institutions provide empower students, which is vital in developing the skills and talent that will keep our infrastructure and communities strong,” says Lois Rouder, senior manager with Grainger.

 

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Grainger will offer a total of 250 scholarships of $2,000 each. Half of these scholarships are reserved for U.S. military veteran students.

 

For more information about the Grainger Tool for Tomorrow® scholarship program, visit www.graingercsr.com/skilledtrades or contact Katelyn Murrenat (847) 535-1272, or via email at katelyn.murren@grainger.com.

 

To learn more about how businesses and two-year colleges can work together to boost local workforce development, download an interactive skilled trades playbook at www.skilledtradesplaybook.org.

 

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.