08 Dec Gene Haas Foundation continues to support NDSCS manufacturing students
The Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) has awarded a $40,000 grant to support the Precision Machining Technology program at North Dakota State College of Science. The funds will be used to award scholarships to current Precision Machining Technology students and students entering the program in the fall of 2023.
The Gene Haas Foundation, established in 1999 by the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., has a long partnership with NDSCS to support machining and manufacturing students. Since 2018, Precision Machining Technology program students have received $176,000 in scholarship support from the Foundation.
First-year student Jacob Roberts of Jamestown, N.D., received a GHF scholarship this fall and said the financial support took the pressure off paying for college allowing him to focus on his studies. “I love it,” he said of the Precision Machining Technology program. “I like making things to this precision. I could talk about it for hours upon hours, and I get to follow this passion into a career path.”
Students in the NDSCS Precision Machining Technology program learn about CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming, CNC set-up and operation, production machining, mold making, die making, toolmaking and automated manufacturing. “There is high demand for skilled machinists,” said Steve Johnson, department chair of Precision Machining Technology and NDSCS Haas Technology Education Center director. “We don’t have nearly enough graduates for the number of positions available. Scholarships from the Gene Haas Foundation help attract and recruit people to pursue careers in manufacturing.” Additional information about the NDSCS Precision Machining Technology program can be found online at NDSCS.edu/Machining.
The purpose of the Gene Haas Foundation is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for CNC Machine Technology students and NIMS Credentials. The Foundation donates millions of dollars every year to manufacturing education.