LAKE FOREST, IL — In an effort to curb the growing shortage of skilled laborers in America, W.W. Grainger Inc. is working to recognize the men and women who make careers in trade industries, according to a press release.
Throughout the month of October, Grainger will celebrate the skilled trades through various activities, the first of which is an official announcement of the 2013 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program, which offers 200 scholarships to students at community colleges throughout the U.S., the release stated.
Other activities include the launch of an “Industry Innovators” Facebook contest on October 15 and a live skilled trades discussion via Grainger’s Skilled Trades Awareness Forum group on LinkedIn on Thursday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to noon CDT, the release noted.
Jim Ryan, chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Grainger, said, “Jobs in the skilled trades are vital to the economic health of local communities. These jobs, and the people who do them, are the lifeblood of industry. The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program empowers future tradespeople to complete their education and helps them start their careers.”
Since 2006, Grainger has partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to help students pursuing degrees in the industrial skilled trades, the release added.
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