The Grainger Foundation awards $10,000 grant to support Triangle Tech Students
The Worksmith Institute recently received a $10,000 grant from The Grainger Foundation to support scholarships for students enrolled in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Triangle Tech. The grant was made based upon a recommendation from Jim Stobart, Grainger’s local Branch Manager in Pittsburgh. The scholarship grant will help meet the demand for skilled workers in this fast-growing field.
The check presentation took place at the Triangle Tech campus in front of students and school leaders in conjunction with a tool safety seminar sponsored by Grainger, a local distributor of facility maintenance supplies, and conducted by a representative of Stanley Proto Tools.
"Grainger has a strong commitment to technical education and we are proud to support The Worksmith Institute and Triangle Tech and their goal to build a skilled workforce in Pittsburgh,” said Stobart. “We believe that investing in local students is one of the best ways to invest in the future of our community."
With baby boomers preparing to retire from the ranks of the skilled work force in Pittsburgh and across the nation, a growing number of labor experts are raising concerns that there is a shortage of workers with the critical skills required to replace them.
"Our school and our students will gain a lot from our relationship with Grainger”, said Triangle Tech President, Tim McMahon. “We enhance our access to industry leaders and our students gain exposure to Grainger’s industry partners."
For more information about Triangle Tech, visit www.triangle-tech.edu or call us at 1-800-874-8324.
W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. More information about Grainger and its local community involvement is available at www.graingercsr.com.
About The Worksmith Institute/Triangle Tech
Worksmith Institute is a charitable and educational organization which is dedicated to assisting students who wish to pursue a technical education.
Triangle Tech has been providing post-secondary technical training for 64 years and has locations in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Erie, DuBois, Sunbury and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Triangle Tech offers Associate in Specialized Technology Degree Programs in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology, Carpentry and Construction Technology, Maintenance Electricity and Construction Technology, Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, and Welding & Fabrication Technology.
Triangle Tech is licensed by the State Board of Private Licensed Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.