Donation helps launch Adventure Academy
(LTR) Don Pohl, vice president of education, Ranken Technical College; Todd Dietrich, Government District Sales Manager, W.W. Grainger; Doug Coleman, St. Louis Branch Manager, W.W. Grainger; Stan Shoun, president, Ranken Technical College; Timothy Willard, vice president of development, Ranken Technical College; John Wood, vice president of student success, Ranken Technical College.The Grainger Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, donated $15,000 to Ranken Technical College in support of its mission to provide comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields.
“This donation will provide start-up funding for the first year of a new Adventure Academy,” said Stan Shoun, President, Ranken Technical College. “The skills taught at the Academy are the foundation of many technical careers and we believe the experience will help inspire young people in our community to become leaders in their chosen profession. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”
The objective of the Academy is to provide middle school students with learning experiences that are both educational and fun. Adventure Academy students will participate in activities such as building go karts, assembling and operating robotic kits, building high tech computers and constructing bird houses. The five day Adventure Academy will be led by Ranken instructors and members of the student-body will participate as volunteers.
This donation was recommended by Doug Coleman, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s downtown St. Louis location. Grainger has been a part of the St. Louis business community for more than 70 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by Ranken Technical College,” said Coleman. “The objective of this particular program is to help younger students explore certain skills and offers a unique educational alternative for summer activities. We realize the importance of providing educational opportunities to the students who will someday comprise our future workforce.”
The Grainger Foundation, established in 1949 by William Wallace Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc., has provided substantive support to a broad range of organizations including museums and educational, medical, and human services institutions.