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Grainger Presents Tool Set to CIT Graduate

Tools Come as Part of Melvin Reddick's 'Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship'

PCC graduate Melvin Reddick (center) received a Westward toolkit last month as part of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship he was awarded in 2016. On hand for the presentation were, left to right: PCC Construction and Industrial Technology Dean Mark Faithful, Grainger Branch Network Manager Kenneth Johnson, PCC Industrial Systems Technology Curriculum Coordinator Tony Gallardo and Grainger Public Sector Account Manager Tracy Brunk.

WINTERVILLE—Representatives from Grainger presented a set of professional tools to Pitt Community College graduate Melvin Reddick last month as part of their company’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program.

Last summer, Reddick was one of two PCC students selected to receive a $2,000-scholarship from Grainger to help pay for tuition and books. The Westward toolkit he received Aug. 24 was the culmination of that award.

“Grainger is passionate about creating positive change and building a strong workforce in the communities where we live and work,” said Grainger Public Sector Account Manager Tracy Brunk. “Through the Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program and our relationship with Pitt Community College, we are proud to do our part in helping qualified technical education and public safety students, like Melvin, graduate and start successful careers.”

A Zebulon resident, Reddick decided to pursue higher education at age 46. He excelled in his PCC studies, recording a 3.71 cumulative GPA to earn Dean’s List honors in addition to an Academic Excellence Award in 2016 and several scholarships.

Looking back, Reddick says making the decision to return to college was “the easy part” for him while the hard part was determining what to study. He said he ultimately discovered Industrial Systems to be his true calling while taking “Mechanisms 130” as an Electrical Systems Technology student.

“When I took that mechanisms class, I worked on cams, cables, gear trains, differentials, screws, belts, pulleys, shafts, levers, lubricants and other devices,” he said. “I enjoyed that class so much that I decided to sign up for the Industrial Systems Technology (program) and get my AAS degree in that.”

Reddick completed an associate degree in Electrical Systems in August 2016 and another in Industrial Systems four months later. He has also earned several certificates and diplomas from those programs and is currently pursuing an associate degree in Industrial Management Technology at Pitt.

Reddick was one of 149 scholarship recipients from 81 community colleges participating in Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow program in 2017.

Each year, Grainger works with the American Association of Community Colleges to offer a pair of $2,000-scholarships to students at each participating community college in the United States. The scholarships help offset the cost of higher education for students working toward associate degrees or certificates in skilled trade, supply chain management and public safety programs. In addition to the scholarship, Grainger provides students with tools after they graduate to help them launch a successful career.

Since 2006, Grainger has donated more than $4 million to support technical education. Half of the scholarships offered are earmarked for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

To learn more about the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program, visit www.graingerskilledtrades.com.