The Gene Haas Foundation grants scholarships to Workshops for Warriors, Vincennes University and other programs that help military veterans enroll in programs that train them to become skilled machinists.
Representatives and students from Workshops for Warriors attended Haas Automation’s biennial HaasTec open house, last week, to tour the facility, and present commemorative plaques to the leadership of the Gene Haas Foundation. Workshops for Warriors is a nonprofit school that trains veterans and wounded warriors for advanced manufacturing careers; Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation have generously supported the school for the past several years.
Workshops for Warriors’ San Diego-based leadership team, along with a handful of students and graduates of the school, made the trip to Oxnard to attend HaasTec and see the manufacturing giant’s facility first-hand. Retired USN Master Chief Derek Beecher, a Workshops for Warriors graduate, said: “I was in complete awe of the factory. When we toured the facility and walked in on a catwalk overlooking the floor, my jaw dropped.” Current Workshops for Warriors student John McMurrin echoed the statement, “It was so impressive. I had never been to a manufacturing facility of that scale.”
The effort to provide students with the opportunity to attend HaasTec is one of many by Workshops for Warriors to provide its machining and welding students with exposure to potential jobs and careers in manufacturing. “Haas Automation understands the need for qualified manufacturing professionals in this country,” said Haas Automation’s Vice President of Special Projects, Peter Zierhut. “Haas is extremely proud to support Workshops for Warriors, and we were honored to meet some of Workshops for Warriors’ veteran students and graduates. They served this country, and we are thrilled to support and serve them in their quest for civilian careers in manufacturing.”
“The Haas staff gave us a full-access tour, and had lunch with us,” said McMurrin, “As a Workshops for Warriors student, I go to class each day in a small facility in San Diego. Seeing Haas’ facility first-hand, and knowing a company of that size is taking care of us veterans, makes me feel very supported. I can’t thank them enough.”
It is important to us that our supporters know how very grateful we are,” said Luis y Prado. “Our mission is to place veterans and wounded warriors into advanced manufacturing careers by providing them with industry-leading training, nationally recognized credentials, work experience, and job placement. We are rebuilding America’s manufacturing workforce, one veteran at a time. And we couldn’t do it without the support we receive from Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation.”
Haas Automation has already pledged its continued support for Workshops for Warriors, as the organization embarks on its first-ever capital campaign. The nonprofit school will be building a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing training facility for veterans and wounded warriors. The new facility will accommodate the ever-growing list of veterans seeking to enroll in the successful school, which boasts a 100% job placement rate for its graduates.
Workshops for Warriors has trained, certified, and placed 171 military veterans and wounded warriors into advanced manufacturing careers, helping to rebuild the workforce that companies like Haas Automation need. The school is located in San Diego, and is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
Workshops for Warriors’ courses are offered to veterans completely free of charge, and are funded by cash and equipment donations from private and corporate supporters. Haas Automation has contributed millions of dollars’ worth of equipment and funds to the school, enabling it to teach veterans and wounded warriors on the latest and best CNC mills, lathes, and CNC simulators. “Nobody in the world does what Gene Haas does for veterans and for schools,” said Luis y Prado. “They don’t even come close,” he continued, “Both through Haas Automation and through the [philanthropic] Gene Haas Foundation, Gene Haas has donated tens of millions of dollars toward educational opportunities that advance manufacturing and STEM careers—skillsets that America badly needs. Support from Haas Automation is making it possible for our nation’s veterans to rebuild their lives, and rebuild American manufacturing.”
I would like at take a moment to express my overwhelming gratitude. Thank you for your support of Vincennes University.
With your countless donations and efforts the University is able to offer cutting edge CNC training to individuals in need. Individuals like myself whom would be unable to obtain the training without the foundations donations. The donations made to me personally will have an impact on the rest of my life.
I was at a crossroad in life where the future didn’t look bright. Honestly I was scared I would end up in a dead end job with no way out. Your foundation has put me on the right path. A path with a bright future in a career field where the sky is the limit.
I would also like to thank you for your support of veterans. I share a classroom with nine American heroes. These men have or are still giving themselves to serve our country. Without you they wouldn’t be able to get the training they need to better themselves.
Thank you for the blessings that you supply from all of us at Vincennes University HTEC. We will forever be grateful for all that you do.
Workshop for Warriors, a local nonprofit that trains veterans for jobs in manufacturing receives $500,000.00 from the Gene Haas Foundation to provide scholarships. Three Camp Pendleton Marines were among the first nine recipients of the scholarship announced at a ceremony on Thursday July 3. The scholarship provides a stipend to offset living expenses for veterans while they are completing the vocational program and getting certifications to land a job. Continue reading
Donation to Provide Funds for Scholarships
By Rachel McGrath
Special to The Star The Gene Haas Foundation is donating half a million dollars for a scholarship fund to help military veterans who enroll in a program that trains them to become skilled machinists. The foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Haas Automation in Oxnard, awarded the money as a matching grant to Workshops for Warriors in San Diego. The nonprofit organization has raised the matching $500,000 from local community sources. Continue reading
Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship Provides Training Funds for Militar y Veterans and Adult Civilians to Begin Careers as CNC Machinists.
VINCENNES, May 13, 2014 – The Gene Haas Foundation awarded $293,592 in scholarship funding to Vincennes University. The funds will provide military veterans and civilian adult learners with supplemental funding for tuition and other expenses needed to transition to high demand careers in machining and manufacturing. Continue reading