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The Grainger Foundation Supports Brevard Community College


BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Brevard Community College's (BCC) workforce training program will soon boast a new composites curing oven thanks to a generous donation of $20,000 from The Grainger Foundation.

"The well-equipped, state-of-the-art composites lab supports the college's mission and Dr. Richey's vision for improving workforce training," said Frank Margiotta, Executive Director of Technical and Professional Training at BCC. "This generous gift will allow us to continue to provide educational services that enhance the technical capabilities of employees and future graduates here in our community."

The composites curing oven was the last piece of equipment needed to complete the composites lab in the STEM Annex on the Cocoa Campus. Composites are increasingly used in a number of products and applications and important to Brevard County industries such as space, aviation, and marine. The new composites lab supports both short term training for individuals seeking to upgrade their skills and knowledge for career advancement in BCC's Corporate Service Training program, as well as the two-year degree programs BCC currently offers in aerospace and engineering technology.

"We're extremely grateful to The Grainger Foundation for their support," added BCC President, Dr. Jim Richey. "Brevard Community College is able to proactively meet the changing workforce needs of our community thanks to partners like The Grainger Foundation. Their generous donation will enable us to ensure our students are competitive in today's economy."

The donation was recommended by Nicholas Perkins, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.'s, West Melbourne location. Grainger has been a part of the Space Coast's business community for more than 28 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. "We are proud to recommend the programs offered by BCC," said Perkins. "We understand the need for this important piece of equipment and how it will help BCC serve its students and our community."

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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