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Posted October 3, 2012

Grainger recognizes skilled trades

Grainger has named October "Skilled Trades Awareness Month" in an effort to increase the visibility of those who work in the skilled trades and to recognize the significant opportunities that exist within those fields.

Throughout October, Grainger will celebrate the skilled trades through various activities, beginning with the official announcement of the 2013 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program recipients.

“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,” said Jim Ryan, chairman, president and CEO of Grainger. “Grainger’s vision is to promote an environment that elevates awareness about the need and importance of these jobs. Skilled Trades Awareness Month is another way by which we are trying to engage people in the conversation.”

This year, Grainger is offering 200 scholarships to students at community colleges throughout the U.S. The full list of students can be found here.

Grainger, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program in 2006. The program is designed to help students pursuing degrees in the industrial skilled trades who have demonstrated drive, commitment and leadership to realize their educational and career goals. For the 2012 – 2013 academic year, one-half of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarships offered are specifically targeted to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in recognition of their service to our country and to support their talents and propensity to pursue careers in the industrial trades.

“Grainger is committed to serving the men and women who keep our businesses and communities running,” said Ryan. “We are honored to present this year’s scholarships to so many talented and bright students who will make a difference in our communities through a skilled trade.”

Grainger will also celebrate Skilled Trades Awareness Month through social media activities that include:

To find more information about the topic of skilled labor and Grainger’s technical education programs, visit

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