Blackhawk students earn Tools for Tomorrow awards

Two students in Advanced Manufacturing programs at Blackhawk Technical College have been awarded the $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarships.

Brian Laskowski (Janesville), who is studying Electro Mechanical Technology, and Chad Olson (Janesville), who is a student in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) program, are the recipients of the scholarships, which are offered to students studying skilled trades and public safety related programs.  Both are on track to graduate this spring.

Grainger, an international distributor of products used to maintain, repair and operate facilities with outlets in Janesville and Madison, has offered the scholarships since 2006. Scholarship winners also will receive a customized $2,000 Westward toolkit upon graduation.

“Grainger is investing in the future of American industry and local communities through the scholarship program,’’ said Kari Gates, the company’s Janesville based representative.

“This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Grainger Tools for Tomorrow program.  We are proud to partner with Blackhawk Technical College and believe business and college partnerships are one solution to building a stronger workforce.’’

Annually, Grainger works in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to assist students of the industrial skill trades realize their educational and career goals.   The company awards scholarships to 250 students a year from more than 100 different schools, with about half of those scholarships targeted to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.