Lake Forest, Ill.-based Grainger, with support from the American Association of Community Colleges, recently increased its technical education scholarship program, “Tools for Tomorrow,” from the original nine participating community colleges to 35 across the country. The expansion comes at the beginning of the third year of the program, which 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 date, Grainger has helped 16 students complete their technical education programs as part of this effort.