Central Maine Community College, the future site of Gene Haas Precision Machining Technology Center hosts the 10th Annual HTEC conference


On July 18 with an audience of HTEC instructors and industry partners Central Maine Community College was presented with a BIG check from the Gene Haas Foundation for $1,000,000 toward the new Gene Haas Precision Machining , coming soon. The check was presented by Peter Zierhut, removeCMCCcheckgoodVice President, Motorsports of Haas Automation, Inc. (right) and Kathy Looman, Gene Haas Foundation (center) to President of Central Maine CC, Scott E. Knapp (left).

The group was all at Central Maine Community College for this year’s Annual Manufacturing Educator Conference this past month and what an exciting event! Educators from across the US and Canada assembled for a 4-day Conference, filled with Workshops, Breakout Sessions, Motivational Speakers and fun activities for all! There were 190 attendees, including 137 Educators, 53 Educational Partners and an additional 41 spouses that attended various spouse events and dinners.

New this year was a Sunday night Networking Cocktail Hour at the Hilton Garden Riverwatch Inn in Auburn, ME. Around 30-40 attendees came to a relaxed social evening, offering a chance to meet someone new or catch up with people you haven’t seen for a while.

Monday workshops included presentations from CMCC, Autodesk, Carl Zeiss, Cognisco Technologies, Immerse2Learn, Mastercam, NIMS, Sandvik, Tooling U and Verisurf, followed by a Monday evening Opening Networking Reception.

Tuesday morning began with an inspirational story by Keynote Titan Gilroy, Titan American Built, who is an ex-con who turned his life around and is trying to re-ignite the excitement in America about Manufacturing Careers.

Wednesday morning started with a thought-provoking presentation by Keynote Jeremy Bout, EdgeFactor/eduFactor, including a fantastic new video (coming soon) with a “tour” of STEM careers at Haas Automation

The conference also included Breakout Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus a boat ride on Casco Bay Lines to Peaks Island for a Lobster Bake, with Maine humorist Gary Crocker.

The National HTEC Conference is held annually, hosted by a different school with support of their local HFO (Haas Factory Outlet/Dealer), giving the host school an opportunity to showcase their programs and gives educators an opportunity to not only learn through breakout sessions and speakers, but to learn from each other multiple ways to improve or grow their own programs. The conference is a great opportunity to network with peers and industry representatives in a professional, yet low-key setting, re-energizing and motivating instructors to go back to class this fall with new ideas and excitement!

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Schools had an opportunity to submit student projects through the “Best CNC Learning Projects” Contest, with an opportunity to earn a FREE Haas CNC Control Simulator. Projects this year included a Mini CNC by University of Massachusetts Lowell, Die (dice – lean manufacturing project) by Allen Hancock College (CA), a Gear Guitar by Central Piedmont Community College (NC), Snowman Salt & Pepper Shakers by Washtenaw Community College (MI), a prosthetic foot assembly made for Biodapt submitted by Braham High School (MN), a Keytag by Georgian College (Ontario, Canada), CNC Parts by Diman Regional Vocational Tech High School (MA) and a Sterling Engine by Nashua Community College (NH).

Thanks to organizers Diane Dostie, Devin Watson and the entire Central Maine CC team that worked long and hard to put together the conference, as well as local HFO (Haas Factory Outlet) Trident, who helped host the event.