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.
The funds will be used towards the Vincennes University 16-week, 600 hour CNC Machinist NOW, and the Advanced Manufacturing Machinery Technician NOW programs. The Gene Haas Foundation also contributes scholarships for Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) instructors that attend teacher training classes at Vincennes University.
The Vincennes University HTEC, located in Vincennes, Indiana specializes in certifying trainees in National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and Mastercam credentials. In addition to training veterans and teachers, the VU HTEC trains and certifies incumbent workers. Among the many courses offered are unique classes in multi-axis programming and machining.
Gene Haas, Founder and President of American machine tool builder Haas Automation, stated: “The relationship between Haas Automation, Haas Factory Outlet Indiana, and Vincennes University has been long and productive. We look forward to many more years working together.”
According to Doug Bowman, director of VU’s Haas Technical Education Center, “We cannot thank the Gene Haas Foundation enough for helping to provide these life changing opportunities. Indiana alone will need 7,000 new machinists over the next five years. Providing this high-quality training on state-of-the-art equipment will help bridge the advanced manufacturing ‘skills gap.’ ”
In addition to the reality of a severe shortage of skilled workers in the precision machining and advanced manufacturing industry, there is a high rate of unemployment among veterans. While the national unemployment rate in the United States is 7 percent, the rate for military veterans is 10 percent. In Indiana, those numbers are worse, with the post 9/11 unemployment rate for veterans being more than double the state’s current unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.
About Haas Automation
Haas Automation, Inc., is America’s leading manufacturer of CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine tools. All Haas products are manufactured at the company’s world-class, 1-million-square-foot facility in Southern California, and distributed through a worldwide network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs). CNC machine tools are high-precision, computer-controlled devices that are used for cutting and shaping metal, wood, plastic, ceramics and other materials. They play a key role in every sector of industry, and impact every facet of every life, every day. From automobiles, to cell phones, to computers, to detergent bottles – all things depend on machine tools in some way.
About The Gene Haas Foundation
The Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, California, was created in 1999 by Gene Haas, founder and president of Haas Automation, Inc. (the largest machine tool manufacturer in the United States. Created to help fund community/humanitarian causes, it has provided more than $21 million to more than 1200 nonprofit and charitable community causes. One of its primary goals is providing financial assistance to students interested in manufacturing-based careers. Scholarship programs are available through career centers, technical schools, community colleges, and universities. Visit http://ghaasfoundation.org/