Red Rocks Community College
News Release

More information: Kimberly Rein
July 31, 2009

Red Rocks Community College Partners with Grainger
To Advance ‘Green’ Education Program

The Grainger Foundation Donates $30,000 to Support Technical Education


Lakewood, CO (July 27, 2009) In these tough economic times, Denver community colleges have experienced hardship from state budget reductions and corporate sponsorships falling behind, leaving a deficit that affects the college’s students, programs and staff. Based on the recommendation of Denver area branch managers, Robert Rogers, Joel Hicks, and Randall Kopp, The Grainger Foundation has stepped up to address this need by awarding $30,000 to advance Red Rocks Community College’s technical education programs.


“Grainger continues to be a highly valued partner,” said Paulann Doane, Executive Director of the RRCC Foundation. “In addition to this wonderful gift, Grainger has provided scholarship funding for the past two years through their “Tools for Tomorrow” scholarship program, which increased for this academic year from one $2,000 award, to two for students planning careers in Career and Technical Education fields. Three very deserving Construction Technology students have received the awards to date.”


The donation will be used to purchase updated computers, software, and projection systems to support state-of-the-art instruction across RRCC curriculum. It will also help with the purchase and installation of a Solar Energy Demonstration Center.


“Grainger is proud to partner with Red Rocks Community College because we are helping to support crucial projects that otherwise would be delayed,” said Robert Rogers, Branch Manager at Grainger. “The new Solar Energy Demonstration Center will allow current and future Renewable Energy Technology students to train on installing, maintaining, and repairing solar units and we are excited to see this program grow.”


Media interested in conducting interviews or obtaining more information about Grainger should contact JP Clark, Regional Communications Manager – West, at (949) 255-5690.

For more information about Red Rocks Community College, please contact Kim Rein, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (303) 914-6260. Students attending Red Rocks Community College who are interested in applying for a scholarship should contact the RRCC Foundation office at (303)914-6308.


About Grainger

Illinois-based W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple websites, Grainger’s employees help customers get the job done.



About Red Rocks Community College

Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers more than 300 programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates.  RRCC serves over 14,000 students per year at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada, Colorado.


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