The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) $18,000 to provide scholarships to individuals pursuing careers through MAMC’s Machinist Technology/CNC Program.
The career skills program, offered in partnership with Mountwest Community and Technical College, provides rigorous, hands-on instruction that prepares individuals for immediate manufacturing employment and professional advancement. The program was the first in the nation to couple individual credentials/certifications with the ability to earn a career-enhancing associate degree.
“The manufacturing industry has thousands of great jobs just waiting to be filled. The primary mission of the Gene Haas Foundation is to partner with the best schools and training programs throughout North America, to introduce students to career opportunities in manufacturing, then provide scholarships and support to CNC technology students, building the pipleline,” said Kathy Looman, Director of Education, Haas Technical Education Conferences & Gene Haas Naming Grants. “These careers are rewarding, with good pay and opportunities to grow with a company or to become an entrepreneur. Gene Haas, founder and sole owner of Haas Automation, personally funds his foundation to effect the future of manufacturing. He believes that manufacturing is the foundation of a strong economy and has personally experienced the success it can bring.”
MAMC awards Haas Scholarships to new and existing students based on financial need, academic performance, attendance and other relevant factors.
“The Gene Haas Foundation is a longtime supporter of our machinist program, providing financial scholarships for many students who go on to successful careers in manufacturing,” said MAMC Director Derek Scarbro. “They recognized that a robust U.S. manufacturing base demands that we develop the skilled talent required to compete in the 21st century economy.”
Gene Haas, owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s largest manufacturer of machine tools, established the Foundation in 1999. Since its inception, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than $175 million in grants, including scholarships to support individuals pursuing manufacturing careers.
To learn more about the Haas Scholarships available at MAMC or any of its career skills programs, visit www.mfg.marshall.edu/career-skills or call 304.781.1625.
Oct. 30, 2023