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Gene Haas Foundation Awards Grant to Support Machining & Engineering Students

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The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded Nash Community College a $20,000 grant to support student scholarships and machining and engineering program needs.

The scholarships will support Nash Community College students enrolled in machinist-based training or engineering programs. The funds may be applied to tuition, books, cost of credentials and tools required by the program. Scholarships will be awarded to students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling in a CNC technologist training or CNC machining-based engineering program at the community college.

“Nash Community College is very proud of the programs we offer that train the local workforce. We are fortunate to have the endorsement and support of the Haas Foundation that strengthens our program,” Vice President of Advancement and NCC Foundation Executive Director, Pam Ballew said.

Additionally, a portion of the grant can be used to sponsor a competition highlighting the CNC manufacturing program. The Gene Haas Foundation’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for CNC machine technology students and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.

The Gene Haas Foundation was founded in 1999 by Gene Haas, owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. Haas Automation, Inc. began in 1983 as a manufacturer of economical and reliable machine tools. Haas Automation, Inc. entered the machine tool industry with the first-ever, fully automatic, programmable collet indexer – a device used to position parts for machining with very high accuracy. The patented Haas 5C collet indexer was a huge success, and over the next four years, the company expanded its product line to include a wide selection of fully programmable rotary tables, rotary indexers, and machine tool accessories.