The Gene Haas Foundation recently presented a check for $17,500 to the Nash Community College Foundation in support of the scholarship program and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentialing in the college’s advanced manufacturing program. Scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in, or who will be enrolling in, a machining-based training program at Nash Community College. Students in the Computer-Integrated Machining or Engineering programs at NCC will benefit from the gift. In 1999 Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities. Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983.