$14,000 Grant from Haas Foundation Helps CCTC Machining Students

Thanks to a $14,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation, Central Carolina Technical College will be able to bring more students into its machining technology program. 

The check was presented to Dean of Industrial and Engineering Technology Bert Hancock and Academic Program Manager for Machining and CNC Technology Eddie Humphries. 

“We are thankful for the generous donation from the Gene Haas Scholarship Foundation,” Humphries said. “The scholarship money will take some of the financial pressure off, letting our students focus on gaining those critical skills needed in industry” 

Gene Haas founded Haas Automation, Inc. in 1983 and is currently the largest machine tool builder in the western world. Haas’ commitment to US manufacturing led to the development of his foundation that focuses on granting funds to help expand Machining and CNC Technology programs.

CCTC’s Basic Machining and CNC Fundamentals Certificate develops skills in basic machining and computer numerical control (CNC) operations. Due to the fast-growing nature of industrial technology, those who have developed skills in CNC operations are in high demand. 

“It is a true pleasure to celebrate this generous gift from the Gene Haas Foundation with Central Carolina Technical College,” said Lindsey Cline, director of Education and Events at Phillips Commercial. “The instructors and administrators in this program do an excellent job preparing students for success in the manufacturing industry, and Phillips Corporation is grateful for their hard work and dedication.” 

The money will be used for scholarships for students in a machining-based training program at CCTC and is administered through the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation. Since 2015, The Gene Haas Foundation has contributed more than $75,000 to the CCTC Foundation to award as scholarships to machining students.

For more information on CCTC’s Machining and CNC Technology Program, please contact Eddie Humphries at 803-778-7814.