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Humanoid Robot Purchased With Grainger Donation

The CVCC Foundation, Inc., recently received a $15,000 gift from The Grainger Foundation to help the college purchase a humanoid robot for use in the college’s School of Business, Industry & Technology.  

The robot has been named “Grainger” in honor of its donor.

Manufacturing is very much alive in the Catawba Valley. However, today’s industry relies heavily on advanced technologies that can be illustrated by the humanoid robot “Grainger.” Students who learn these technologies can help manufacturers reduce cost, improve quality, maximize productivity and increase competitive position in the global market.

“Grainger has a strong commitment to technical education across the country,” said Tim Huneycutt, manager of Grainger’s Hickory branch, who presented the gift.  “We are proud to support the CVCC Foundation so it can help the college build a skilled local workforce.”

“Through private gifts like this, the college is able to leverage its state and local funding to meet the training needs of our local workforce,” said Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

“Grainger” is the second humanoid robot acquired by CVCC to provide students with an opportunity to learn how computer programming relates to automation in today's advanced manufacturing environments. The robots are also useful in demonstrations to public school students that illustrate the power and possibility of robotic manipulation.

The CVCC Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote the growth, progress, diversity and general welfare of CVCC.  For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,

Illinois-based W.W. Grainger, Inc. is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama.  The Grainger branch in Hickory located on 11th Street NW has been serving the local community for more than 20 years. The company is committed to helping the communities in which its employees and customers live and work. For more information about Grainger’s support of local communities across the country, please visit
Pictured above are (from left) Tim Huneycutt, manager of Grainger’s Hickory branch, and CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw.  


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