The Gene Haas Foundation has been offering scholarships to high schools, community colleges and special educational programs that help build skills within the machining industry.
The Skills Canada National Competition was held in Moncton, New Brunswick June 5 – 8 for the first time, and proved to be very successful for both the event and the province. Over 500 youth from across Canada competed for medal recognition in over 40 skilled trade and technology areas.
The Gene Haas Foundation was on board as an Official Sponsor for the second consecutive year, donating $60,000 (USD) in funding, a portion of which was dispersed to medalists in CNC Machining and Precision Machining towards their continued education in the manufacturing sector.
On behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation, Skills/Compétences Canada is pleased to congratulate the medalists in CNC Machining and Precision Machining at SCNC 2016! In recognition, the medalists will receive a financial award towards their continued education in the field of manufacturing. Congrats to Jaclyn Bérubé, Sam Esson, Kacper Lasecki, David Garrett, Jérémi Labarre, Chase Seale, Jonathan Adair, Silas Meeches, Asheeshpal Jagdeo!“
This year’s support and machinery was provided by Haas Factory Outlet – Sirco Machinery, Eastern Canada’s Haas distributor. We’re very proud of our sponsorship role with Skills Canada, and are excited to be a part of moulding the next generation of skilled trade workers in the metalworking industry
The machines were equipped with tooling supplied by Sandvik and competitors were provided with precision measuring tools provided by Mitutoyo and Sowa.
“As the shortage of skilled workers continues to rise, we believe it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and promote education of trade and technology. We take that commitment very seriously and are proud to support this great event. We would like to congratulate all of the competitors in this year’s competition and look forward to being a proud sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition for many years to come.
The Skills Canada National Competition not only provides a platform for young Canadians to showcase their skills but it also provides an opportunity for visiting students and school groups to take part in a variety of different Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities
On June 20-24, 2016 in Louisville, KY the 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference was held. SkillsUSA is the “olympics” of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners participated in the weeklong event.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin visited Skills and spent time at the CNC competition.
Mike Rowe was the keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony and had lunch with a group of Competitors and their instructors.
The 2016 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds
to students competing in three manufacturing events.
The students were high school and college students from all 50 states who had won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC received a $1,000 scholarship award recognizing their success. Medalists at each of the three competitions at each level received awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000.
CNC Milling Specialist, Post-Secondary
Gold Medal- Ryan Iverson, North Dakota College of Science (ND)
Silver Medal- Matthew Bean, Penn College of Technology (PA)
Bronze Medal- David All, Lincoln College of Technology (IN)
CNC Milling Specialist, Secondary
Gold Medal- Jacob Hissock, St. Clair Technical Education Center (MI)
Silver Medal- Quentin Roberts, Pullman High School (WA)
Bronze Medal- Caleb West, Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (AL)
CNC Technician, Post-Secondary
Gold Medal- Lev Burgess, Catawba Valley Community College (NC)
Silver Medal- Casey Warner, St. Cloud Technical and Community College (MN)
Bronze Medal- Derek Rutrough, Danville Community College (VA)
CNC Technician, Secondary
Gold Medal- Matthew Pringle, St. Clair Technical Education Center (MI)
Silver Medal- Nathan Voelkers, Pioneer Technology Center (OK)
Bronze Medal- Noah Seth Lehmann, South Adams High School (IN)
CNC Turning Specialist, Post-Secondary
Gold Medal- Dyan Hardy, Danville Community College (VA)
Silver Medal- Matthew Drost, Southwestern Illinois College (IL)
Bronze Medal- Laura Gilmore, College of Western Idaho (ID)
CNC Turning Specialist, Secondary
Gold Medal- Kyle Mueller, St. Clair Technical Education Center (MI)
Silver Medal- Cody Kirkland, Madison County Career Technical Center (AL)
Bronze Medal- Zachary Seiler, Carbon Career and Technical Institute (PA)
A special congratulations to our first female medalist, Laura Gilmore from College of Western Idaho.
Thank you to the NIMS team and all the industry partners.
AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology
The Gene Haas Foundation
Haas Automation Inc.
Haas HTEC Network
Immersive Engineering, Inc.
National Institute of Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS)
Modern Industries, Inc.
Oberg Industries, Inc.
Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation
The L.S. Starrett Company
TCI Precision Metals
We would also like to acknowledge one of last year’s competitor Samantha, who was invited to the White House to be recognized as a Presidential CTE Scholar. These young people show us the future is in good hands.
The Gene Haas SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Certificates were presented by NIMS at the June 26th, 2015 Awards Ceremony to 18 national medal winners of the three CNC Machining Contests in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000, Silver: $3,000, and Bronze: $2,000.
In addition, NIMS awarded $1000 GHF scholarships to each state SkillsUSA Gold Medal winner who came to Louisville (135 students) competing in the CNC Milling, CNC Turning and CNC Technician national competitions sponsored by NIMS in Louisville, Kentucky.
SkillsUSA headed to Louisville, Ky., June 22-26, 2015, for the 51st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 15,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the week long event.
The SkillsUSA Championships was held on Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25, in Louisville. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students — all state contest winners competed hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, CNC machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.
Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. The competitions will be open to the public and free of charge.
Haas Factory Outlet, A Division of Thomas Skinner is honoured to have contributed to the success of the event. We are very proud of our sponsorship role with Skills Canada, and are excited to be a part of moulding the next generation of skilled trade workers in the metalworking industry” says Paul Krainer, Owner and President of Thomas Skinner. The machines were equipped with tooling supplied by Sandvik and students were provided with precision measuring tools provided by Mitutoyo – both supplier partners of Thomas Skinner.
Thomas Skinner with the support of Haas Automation provided the machining centres ((2) ST-20s: CNC 2-axis lathes & (2) VF-2s: CNC vertical machining centres) for the competition, as well as the machine used for the Try-A-Trade station (Mini Mill).
The machines were equipped with tooling supplied by Sandvik and students were provided with precision measuring tools provided by Mitutoyo – both supplier partners of Thomas Skinner.
Thomas Skinner also provided the manual lathes & mills (Advance and First) used in the Precision Machining competitions. In addition to our sponsorship of the Skills Canada National Competition, Thomas Skinner is also a proud supplier of both the BC Skills and Alberta Skills Competitions held earlier this year.
“As the shortage of skilled workers continues to rise, we believe it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and promote education of trade and technology. We take that commitment very seriously and are proud to support this great event. We would like to congratulate all of the competitors in this years competition and look forward to being a proud sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition for many years to come” says Paul Krainer.
The Skills Canada National Competition not only provides a platform for young Canadians to showcase their skills but it also provides an opportunity for visiting students and school groups to take part in a variety of different Try-A-Trade® and Technology stations. Activities ranged from changing tires on a real NASCAR at the DeWalt booth to using a virtual welder to “weld” a bead across a coupon at the Government of Saskatchewan booth.
As part of the Try-A-Trade® opportunity, a Haas Mini Mill was set-up and anyone attending the event was encouraged to step-up and have a real, hands-on experience running the machine to make a personalized key chain to take home.
Special recognition goes the following competitors for finishing at the top in their events at this year competition:
Precision Machining – Post Secondary Phillip Beug, SK – GOLD, Patrick Unruh, MB – SILVER, Cory Mailman, NS – BRONZE
Precision Machining – Secondary Catherine Gagnon – Côté, QC – GOLD, Jorn Peeters, AB – SILVER, Johannes Kister, MB – BRONZE
CNC Machining – Post Secondary Jake Langley, NS – GOLD, Evan Sherren, PE – SILVER, Alexandar Bozinovski, ON – BRONZE
For a complete list of the results, please visit the Skills Canada website www.skillscanada.com.
Haas Automation, Inc., and Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) Sirco Machinery Company, Ltd., were platinum-level sponsors of the event this year. Haas provided five machining centers for the competition, and featured milling operation demonstrations at a display during the event. The Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 (USD) in scholarship funding to Skills Ontario, to be distributed to the winners of this year’s competition.
HFO Sirco Machinery President Dan Ferko presented the check to Ontario Skills executives during a dignitaries breakfast on May 5. Attendees included Ontario Skills personnel, government officials, local colleges, and HFO Sirco Machinery customers. While addressing the crowd, Ferko discussed the importance of manufacturing in Canada and the shortage of skilled workers in the area. Ferko expressed hope that with the assistance of scholarship funding and donations, the manufacturing workforce will see growth.
My name is Spencer Siewert, I am from Huntley Montana. I grew up on the family farm and ranch helping out where I can, and I still help out when I go home. I found out about machining in high school when I took machine shop and then taught the machine shop my senior year. I am currently enrolled in Sheridan College Machine Tool program. This is my second year of college, however I am planning to come back for a third year for welding. I will graduate spring of 2016, with an AAS in Machine Tool Technology and a Certificate in Welding. I have a job lined up for after graduation at D&H Spring machine and welding. In five years I plan to be starting my own business, being a job shop with machining, fabrication and mechanic work. Receiving the scholarships from the GeneHaas Foundation was extremely helpful for me because, I currently have paid for school out of pocket and with scholarships. My goal is to graduate college with no debt. Thanks again, Spencer Siewert
Hello, my name is Colton Hendricks and I am from Buffalo, Wyoming. I am an eighteen year old, first year college student at Sheridan College in the Machine Tool program. I got interested in the Machine Tool program when I met with an advisor at the college to sign up for classes. I have a mechanical and agricultural background from my family growing up. I took shop classes from sixth grade all the way through high school, so I was familiar with the manufacturing industry. I had a slight knowledge and interest of what machinists did and were capable of doing before entering the program. I will have completed the schooling to receive a certificate at the end of the spring 2015 semester. I haven’t thought too much of what I will do with my education yet, but I have tossed around the idea of starting up my own machine shop here in my hometown of Buffalo. In five years I hope to see myself doing something I enjoy and being financially stable. The Gene Haas scholarship I received will help me pay for school, such as lab fees, material for personal projects made during shop time, and possibly a few tools essential for a machinist to have.
My name is Kolby Brown. I am from Sheridan, Wyoming and I’m going to Sheridan College for a Machine Tool Degree and a Music Tech Certificate. I found out about machining in high school after a teacher recommended I take the class. I am currently in my second year of school and will be graduating May 2015 with a AAS in Machine Tool Technology. I am going to be getting a job this summer as a machinist and will continue working after that. I see myself machining 5 years from now, but I don’t know exactly where I might be working. I love music and can hopefully incorporate that into my future career plan. This scholarship has helped me not worry about money and made it so I can focus on my school work. Again thank you for the generous scholarship I am so grateful I was able to receive it.
My name is Clay Moffett and I grew up in Kaycee, WY. I have always been a tinkerer and inventor, so machining was a natural choice for me. I took a tour of Sheridan College during discovery days and was sold the first day from the CNC equipment to the 3D printers, it just seemed like the perfect place to go. I am a first year student pursing an AAS in Machine Tool Technology. I plan to do a co-op at an established Machine Tool company and then acquire a job after graduation. I would like to stay in or around Wyoming. In the next five years I hope to start my own business and support my ranch with this occupation. This scholarship will assist in the payment for books and other needed supplies for school, I feel honored to receive this scholarship. Thank you to the Gene Haas Foundation for all your support.
Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, California recently got a big boost for their Manufacturing, Engineering, Robotics, and Industrial Technology (MERIT) Academy. At an event to celebrate the launch of the Alliance for the Linked Learning Academy, the Gene Haas Foundation presented the Rio Mesa MERIT Academy with a grant for $10,000. Haas Automation, Inc. a strong sponsor of manufacturing–based education, recently supported the program by donating a TM-1P vertical machining center and 15 control simulators to the school. Continue reading
To spur the development of next-generation advanced manufacturing professionals, today the Gene Haas Foundation announced $50,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors seeking a post-secondary degree in machining and advanced manufacturing technology.
The announcement took place during a special program for Chicago-area school superintendents at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014. The Superintendent’s Program was designed to inform school administrators about best practices in STEM education, career pathways in manufacturing and industry-supported credentials for pursuing them, the importance of having a 3D printer in every school in the U.S., and the availability of industry-based scholarships like those announced at the event today. Continue reading
The Gene Haas Foundation provided five $2,000 Machining Technology Scholarships for five Rocklin High School graduating seniors who plan to become engineers as a result of their hands on machining and manufacturing experiences in the Engineering Support Technology lab that was built with support from the Sierra College STEM Collaborative.
With Sierra College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Collaborative and other area businesses, Engineering Support Technology instructor Dan Frank has built a fully equipped lab with CNC machines, 3D printer, laser cutters and other industry standard equipment to provide hands-on experiences for future engineers and technicians. The scholarships were presented to the Engineering Support Technology students on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6 PM at the Rocklin High School gym.
According to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) Director, Sierra College, who manages the Sierra College STEM Collaborative, these students have been inspired by their hands-on experiences to continue their technical education. The Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funds to students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs. “Rocklin High School has a wonderfully equipped lab where students can gain experience using equipment very similar to what they might encounter working in industry,” said Pepper-Kittredge.
“Engineering Support Technology instructor Dan Frank has also been very creative in arranging for students to video conference with NASA engineers, taking students on tours at local manufacturers, introducing Lean manufacturing methods and utilizing innovative teaching methods such as posting scan codes on equipment that lead students to online apps that explain set up and operating procedures.”
Dan Frank explained that the students selected for the Gene Haas Foundation scholarships are planning to continue their technical education in manufacturing . “I expect all of these students to become engineers and quickly rise to meet the challenges faced by our nation’s Advanced Manufacturing industries.”