The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Il, donated $20,000 in December and $10,000 in February toward Blackhawk Technical College’s (BTC) new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton.
“These gifts will play a major role in our efforts to help educate and build the manufacturing workforce in South Central Wisconsin,’’ said Garry Krause, BTC’s Dean of the Advanced Manufacturing and Training Program. “We are extremely grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.’’
BTC opened phase one of the new facility in August, hosting the Welding, Industrial Mechanic and Computer Numeric Control programs. Phase two of the renovation projection is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 fall semester and will include Electro-Mechanical Technology, HVAC, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Information Technology Specialist, Computer Service Technician, and Civil Engineering programs.
The donation was recommended by Bill Koenig, V.P., Mergers, Acquisitions and Integrations, and Jacob Chandler, Market Manager for W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Janesville and Madison locations, respectively. Grainger has been a part of the Janesville business community for more than 45 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.
“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by Blackhawk Technical College,” said Chandler. “We understand the need for this type of training center in our area and believe it will be very beneficial to many in our community.”
The Grainger Foundation was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.