Grainger Foundation donates to SLCC

The Grainger Foundation recently donated $20,000 to South Louisiana Community College in support of its Abbeville, Lafayette and New Iberia campuses.

The grant will fund apprenticeship programs in air conditioning and refrigeration at the Lafayette and Abbeville campuses and in welding at the New Iberia campus, SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder said in a news release.

The independent, private foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, was founded in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger Inc.

Mark Herhold and Dwayne Dugal, market managers of the W.W. Grainger Inc. locations in New Iberia and Lafayette, recommended the college for the foundation donation.

“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by South Louisiana Community College,” Herhold said in the news release. “We understand the need for a skilled and trained workforce.”

SLCC campuses host open houses

The C.B. Coreil Campus of South Louisiana Community College holds an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Friday for the community and prospective students to learn more about its academic programs.

In the past two weeks, SLCC has held open houses at its other campuses, and the public sessions conclude next week.

The public is invited to attend these free events. Information on academic programs, career services and financial aid will be available. Students can get information on the admissions process, applying for financial aid and enrolling for summer and fall courses.

Upcoming open houses:

May 27: Gulf Area Campus in Abbeville, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 28: New Iberia Campus, noon to 3 p.m.

May 29: T.H. Harris Campus in Opelousas, noon to 3 p.m.

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau