When Jakob McCoy saw the message on his telephone that he had won a tool box, he assumed that it was for his pickup truck. Imagine his surprise when he realized it was a 41-inch, 11-drawer tool chest made by Grainger.
“It was pretty exciting when I saw that it was a full-size tool box,” said McCoy, who received an Electric Utility Line Technician certificate May 17 at Metropolitan Community College’s commencement ceremony. “I’m definitely going to put it in my garage and put it to good use.”
MCC-Business & Technology holds a drawing for a Grainger tool box for graduating students. Students who met the requirements had to apply for graduation by April 8 to be entered in the drawing.
Held on April 27, the drawing was organized by Tara Lindahl, the graduation adviser at MCC-Business & Technology. President Dr. Jackie Gill drew the winning name for the tool chest.
“We’re fortunate to have a partnership with Grainger that allows us to reward a student who is graduating,” Gill said. “Having relationships like this with our business partners is critical to meeting our mission of preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunities.”
McCoy, 19, is from Norborne, Missouri, where he attended Norborne High School. He learned about the Lineman program on the college’s website and began the yearlong cohort in 2016.
“The first few days of climbing were the toughest, because it was about getting over a fear of heights,” McCoy said. “After that, it’s not as difficult. You just have to be aware of what you’re doing at all times.
“I really enjoyed the program. What I wanted after high school was the hands-on work, and it was one of the best programs for that. I also liked the instructors, especially Ed Budy. He’s just straight-forward and funny.”
McCoy plans to work as a lineworker at a utility company now that he’s earned a certificate in the discipline.
“Graduation is an important step for our students,” Lindahl said. “We know when they’ve completed one of our programs that they’re prepared to excel in the workforce.”