The donation of tools to STC marks the first time the broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products has donated in bulk to the college. STC has now created a system for dual enrollment students who are unable to afford their own tools. This system allows students to “check out” required implements for the duration of the semester.
“Grainger provides new tools for students in several fields including auto, diesel, heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration, electrician, construction and law enforcement to name a few,” said Mario Reyna, dean of Business, Technology and Public Safety at STC.
Examples of tools include sockets and wrenches for automotive students; screwdrivers, pliers, snippers for electricians; and hammers and measuring tape, as well as gloves and safety glasses, for students in the Construction Supervision program.
For the last five years, Grainger has awarded both scholarships and tools to STC students. Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program helps technical students across the country realize their educational goals. Outstanding students receive a $2,000 scholarship and a customized Westward toolkit upon completion of their educational program.