With baby boomers preparing to retire from the ranks of the work force, a growing number of labor experts are concerned there will be a shortage of workers to replace them.
In an effort to alleviate the problem, facility maintenance supplier Grainger
announced it will increase its technical education scholarships from the
original nine community colleges to 35 across the country.
“The economic health of America depends on the availability of qualified,
skilled workers,” said Grainger President and Chief Executive Officer James T.
Ryan. “Grainger is proud to help students complete their technical education
through our Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program.”
The expansion comes at the beginning of the third year of the Grainger Tools
for Tomorrow scholarship program. The program provides funding for students at
select community colleges throughout the nation to finish their second year of
a technical career program such as HVAC, welding, electrical, plumbing or
construction management. Upon graduation, the program recognizes their
achievement with a Westward tool package to launch their careers.
“Students enrolled in technical career programs will help to meet a serious and
growing skills gap in our country,” said American Association of Community
Colleges President George R. Boggs. “By stepping up to support their efforts,
Grainger is not only helping deserving students, but the company is also
investing in our nation’s economic success.”
“I’ve always wanted to venture into the construction management field,” said
Baltimore resident Cherylle Brown, who was one of nine scholarship recipients
in the 2007 academic year. “A few of my professional goals are to start my own
construction company, encourage other women to enter the construction
management field, and help them develop the skills and business acumen needed
to be successful in this industry. With this scholarship, Grainger has helped
give me the opportunity to realize my goals.”
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College student Brandon Bogle also
benefited from the program last year.
“After working a few years in other jobs, I decided that the best way to
successfully support our four children was to go back to school and earn a
degree,” Bogle said. “I’m grateful that Grainger’s generous contribution has
helped to further my career in electrical engineering and computer
Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges continue to work
together to promote the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program at 35
selected AACC member colleges across the country. To date, Grainger has helped
16 students complete their technical education programs as part of this effort.
Grainger handles skilled labor shortage
November 1, 2008