Toolbox an early Christmas present for graduating student at MCC-Business & Technology

Kyle Hanna, center, won a Grainger toolbox in a drawing for MCC-BT students graduating in December. With Hanna are CIMM program coordinator David Grady (left) and BT interim president Dana Grove (right).
Kyle Hanna (center) won a Grainger toolbox in a drawing for MCC-BT students graduating in December. With Hanna are CIMM program coordinator David Grady (left) and BT interim president Dana Grove.

Kyle Hanna has the big prize. Now he just needs something to fill it with. Hanna won a Grainger toolbox during a Dec. 1 drawing for Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology students who applied to graduate in December.

“It definitely was a nice surprise and something I’ll use for a long time,” said Hanna, a student in the computer integrated machining and manufacturing (CIMM) program. “The next step is getting some tools to put in it, so this gives me an excuse to buy tools.”

Students eligible to receive a certificate or degree in December had to apply for graduation by Nov. 13 to be entered in the drawing held in the east lobby of the MCC-BT building. Grainger supplied the 34-inch, four-drawer tool chest.

“I think it’s pretty cool that Grainger and this college does this for students,” Hanna said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here.”

A resident of Holden, Missouri, Hanna decided to attend MCC-BT after hearing about the CIMM program from his father, an employee at Fike, one of several partners providing internships to students.

“My stepdad talked to some co-workers who were former students here,” Hanna said. “I contacted (program coordinator David Grady), did a tour and signed up. The program was fun, and David is a good instructor. I liked the hands-on approach, which is my strong suit.”

Hanna trained and studied in a 16-week program that includes the basics of manual mill or lathe machining, orientation to computer numerical control programming and operation and a paid internship as an entry-level machinist. Hanna, 29, served as an intern for Able Machine LLC.