Grainger, Community College Association Partner To Provide Trade Scholarships

Tools For Tommorrw program will help to close skills gap.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Grainger, a distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, Friday announced the national launch of Grainger's Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. 

The program provides scholarships for students at select community colleges to finish their second year of an industrial trade career program.

The pilot program will award outstanding students at seven selected American Association of Community Colleges member colleges across the country with a scholarship for their second year of college and a career-related tool package upon successful completion of the education program.

To date, scholarships have been awarded to students continuing their education for construction and welding technology in St. Louis, Mo., Dearborn, Mich., and Seattle, Wash.

According to George R. Boggs., president of the American Association of Community Colleges, students who are enrolled in technical career programs will help to meet the growing skills gap in the U.S.