» Gene Haas Foundation Awards CCTC $20,000

Gene Haas Foundation Awards CCTC $20,000

Central Carolina Technical College awarded $20,000 grant
from the Gene Haas Foundation

SUMTER, SC – The Gene Haas Foundation presented a check to Central Carolina Technical College’s
Machining and CNC Technology Program for $20,000 on November 12, 2015. 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.

The check was presented to Industrial and Engineering Technology Dean, Brent Russell; Machine Tool
Academic Program Manager, Eddie Humphries; and Executive Director of the CCTC Foundation, Meree
McAlister. “This grant will enhance CCTC’s current Machining and CNC Technology Program in many ways,
the biggest being scholarships for those students who are interested in this career but need financial support.”
Humphries said. “The grant couldn’t have come at a better time, either, since we are in the process of moving
into the new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center next month.”

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 demand. CNC operators enjoy job security as well as good
wages. CNC opportunities abound, including the following types of positions: machine shop apprentice, tool
room machinist apprentice, maintenance machinist, production machine operator, tool and die apprentice,
machinery sales and service and CNC operator.

Gene Haas Foundation Grant Presentation
From left to right: Executive Director of the CCTC Foundation, Meree McAlister; Haas Specialist, Eric Eargle; Industrial & Engineering Technology Dean, Brent Russell; and Machine Tool Academic Program Manager, Eddie Humphries.
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