Leaders in Technology: Grainger Awards QCC Students for Fifth Consecutive Year

October 1, 2012 | Queensborough Community College

The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program has recognized—for the fifth year in a row —outstanding scholars in QCC’s Engineering Technology

(Right) Stuart M. Asser, Professor and Chairperson, Engineering Technology

program (ET). The students each receive a $2,000 award and a customized Westward® toolkit, which includes specialized professional tools for the graduating students’ skilled trade area of expertise.

Louis Solares, who carries a 3.12 GPA, says he is proud to receive the Grainger scholarship.

“It’s a reflection of my hard work and ability to apply my skills to solve mechanical problems,” said Louis.

To gain hands-on knowledge outside the classroom, Louis participated in a research project this summer at Farmingdale Community College, aimed at creating more efficient water heaters. He is also a member of QCC’s Robotics Club, which won second place at a competition held last spring at The City College of New York. Currently, he is working with QCC’s Mechanical Engineering Club to design energy efficient, battery-powered go-karts on campus. Louis is planning to transfer to a four-year college in January 2013 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Ever since José Alvarez studied basic electronics in high school, he has wanted to become an electronic engineer. “I like to trouble shoot and build circuits—a good job niche for people with my experience.”

José, who has a 3.6 GPA, favors his telecommunications class because it centers on transmitters and receivers. He is also a tech fee student in the Engineering Technology lab, assisting with resetting parts and soldering circuits.

Grainger is one of the leading distributors of industrial supplies. Since 2006, the company has contributed more than $1 million nationally in support of technical education in the form of scholarships, classroom equipment, supplies and funding for technical program start-ups.

Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 16,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Nursing, Biotechnology, Criminal Justice, Forensic Technology and Education with its sister CUNY institutions— Hunter College, York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively.
Over half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide.
In the fall of 2009, Queensborough launched the Freshman Academies for all first-time full-time students. While other colleges have similar programs, Queensborough is the only community college to launch the initiative institution-wide.
Queensborough has the distinction of being awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant in the amount of $500,000 and was recently named one of 12 colleges nationwide to lead the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) project—funded by Met Life—to support and expand effective student success strategies at community colleges. The College’s prized cultural beacons, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; QCC Art Gallery; and Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) continue to bring renowned world-class exhibits, fine art and performances to the entire community and beyond.