The California-based foundation, which was established by the founder and chief executive officer of Haas Automation, Inc., awarded $500,000 to WCTC for the new Gene Haas CNC Training Center, which will include updated labs and classrooms. The remaining $40,000 will be used for scholarships for prospective manufacturing students and those currently enrolled in WCTC’s Machine Tool Operation, Tool and Die and CNC Setup Technician programs.
“These donations will greatly enhance the students’ experience in the college’s manufacturing programs, helping them as they pursue their degrees in these high tech, hands-on fields,” said Mike Shiels, dean of the School of Applied Technologies.
The Gene Haas Foundation funds scholarship grants, sponsors CNC competitions and partners with CNC training programs nationwide.
“Their giving demonstrates theimpact of philanthropy on our students in ‘accessing, continuing and completing’ their educational journey at WCTC,” said Ellen Phillips, WCTC Foundation president, of the foundation.