Grants, Student Life

Haas Foundation Supports NCC Machining


The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded Nash Community College a $30,000 grant to support students taking classes in the Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum. The funds primarily assist Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship recipients, and also provide financial assistance for National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentialing and competition sponsorship. Scholarships are awarded to students based on recommendations from program faculty.

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. Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools, which he started in 1983.

Gene’s commitment to the importance of American manufacturing has incited him to grow his personal foundation and direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing education in the form of scholarships for CNC machinist training. Haas is also a primary supporter of the community where his one million square foot manufacturing facility is located. The company is a longstanding partner in advanced manufacturing education at NCC.

Pictured, from left: Haas Sales Engineer Bill Cranford; NCC Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor Alex Barnhill; Vice President, Corporate and Economic Development and Chief Economic Officer Wendy Marlowe; Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor George Shook; President Dr. Bill Carver; Industrial and Manufacturing Technologies Department Chair Gary Blackburn and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pam Ballew.