Blackhawk Technical College: Students earn Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarships

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Two Blackhawk students earn Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarships

JANESVILLE, WI – – Two students in the Advanced Manufacturing program at Blackhawk Technical College have been awarded the $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarships.

James Bagley, who is studying Computer Numeric Control (CNC), and Jusitn Vegge, who is a student in the Electro Mechanical program, are the recipients of the scholarships, which are offered to students studying skilled trades and public safety related programs. Both are on track to graduate this spring.

Grainger, an international distributor of products used to maintain, repair and operate facilities with outlets in Janesville and Madison, has offered the scholarships since 2006. Scholarship winners also will receive a customized Westward toolkit upon graduation.

“Grainger is investing in the future of American industry and local communities through the scholarship program,’’ said Kari Gates, the company’s Janesville based representative. “This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. Grainger has supported outstanding students pursuing skilled trades and public safety careers and enjoyed partnerships with strong community colleges across the country. We are proud to partner with Blackhawk Technical College and believe business and college partnerships are one solution to building a stronger workforce, since 2006.’’

Blackhawk Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. BTC has five campus locations in Monroe, Milton, Beloit and Janesville, WI offering more than 50 programs including two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, BTC is a major provider of customized training and technical assistance for the Rock and Green County business community. More than half of all adults living in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training during the last decade.

To promote the innovation and importance of careers in the industrial skilled trades, Grainger, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program in 2006 to help students in the industrial skilled trades realize their educational and career goals. The scholarship is offered to 125 community colleges. Half of the scholarships are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2014, Grainger expanded the program to include public safety programs. Since 2006, Grainger has awarded more than 900 scholarships.