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June 20, 2012


Cowley graduate honored by Grainger


Working with the American Association of Community Colleges to support skilled trade students in technical education programs across the United States, Grainger (Industrial Supply) has awarded nearly 400 scholarships since the program’s inception in 2006. On June 15, Grainger recognized Jason Ford’s achievement as a graduate of Cowley College’s Welding Program.

Ford, a 2011 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow(r) scholarship recipient and a military veteran, is pictured with the Westward(r) toolkit he received upon graduation from the welding program at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City. To the left of Ford is Grainger’s Wichita branch manager Rick Weidman.

Supplementing the $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow(r) scholarship, a critical component of Grainger's support is the Westward(r) tool bag, customized for each student's skilled trade. It is one more incentive for students to complete their program and also helps set them up for future success.

Ford served in the Marines from 1998 to 2003. To be eligible for the scholarship, individuals had to have been a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and be enrolled in an industrial trade.

Grainger is proud of its partnership with Cowley College and believes contributing to the education of their workforce is one of the best ways to invest in the community.