NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Second Year of Scholarships for Schools

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF), which provides scholarships to schools for students entering technical training programs, announced that they will partner again this year to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers.

The 2015 GHF-NIMS Credentialing Scholarship Program will provide eligible secondary and post-secondary institutions with grants to build high-quality technical programs that provide students with foundational skills and industry-recognized credentials that have immediate value in the job market. The grants will cover up to 100% of the costs of testing and credentialing services for all students seeking NIMS certifications. The program will launch this year with a $100,000 investment from GHF.

“With this program, we hope to support more high schools and community colleges as they build high-quality programs that use NIMS standards and credentials in order to deliver the most relevant and innovative training,” said a member of the Gene Haas Foundation Board. “This provides our country’s manufacturers with an excellent workforce.”

“There are an estimated 99,500 projected job openings for machinists, and 117,100 projected job openings for industrial maintenance technicians nationally through 2020,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “We are proud to be working with the Gene Haas Foundation to help schools prepare more young people with the skills and credentials they need to succeed in these in-demand jobs.”

In 2014, the Scholarship Program provided financial support to more than 1,000 individuals at 22 high schools and colleges in 16 states to pursue NIMS certification. Approximately 3,500 credentials in foundational CNC machining will be earned as a result.

To find out how schools can apply for a GHF-NIMS Credentialing Scholarship, visit

About NIMS

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. Visit

Gene Haas Foundation Supports FIRST robotics competition at Ventura College

When the students of Clark Magnet High School’s Team 696 are met with a new challenge from the annual FIRST Robotics Competition, they apply their technical know-how and knowledge of Computer Aided Manufacturing to develop a high-quality robotic vehicle to face opponents in an intense sports-like game. In a period of only six weeks during the months of January and February, students used advanced software to design a full 3D CAD model, program and simulate CAM toolpaths, set up and manufacture hundreds of components, and develop software that coordinates the vehicle’s motions and automated routines. The team’s 2015 robot, named Centurion, is the most advanced the team has built in its 15 year history. The team will be competing with 43 others at the first annual Ventura Regional FIRST Robotics competition, taking place at Ventura College, March 27th through 29th.

Twelfth-grade student Olivia Brandt explained that, “In a span of just six weeks, we programmed and set up over a hundred unique CAM programs for just our one robot.” Setting up tools and running the Haas Mini Mill in the school’s lab is left to tenth-grade rookie team member Claire Garcia. While describing the part-to-production process, Garcia mentioned “a critical step of the set-up process is to interpret a accurate job sheet and verify its accuracy, so I can check tools, offsets, speeds, feeds, and depths before running a program for the first time.” In recent years, the team has seen an increase in girls in the program, now with twelve females as members of the 36-student team. Other girls on the team have taken roles as machinists who have become proficient in saw cutting and manual lathe operations. A driving force behind the increased female participation has been the schools Girls’ Engineering and Robotics (GEARS) club, formed two years ago, which has used the Haas Mini Mill to fabricate components for their custom-built quadcopter.

In the lab where the team works, the Haas Mini Mill, which has been the team’s primary workhorse machine for the past three years, has recently been joined by a Haas Super Mini Mill 2 with several options, including a probing system. When asked about the new machine, program director and instructor David Black said, “The Super Mini Mill 2 is the perfect complement to our program. With a high spindle RPM, increased torque, and a larger work envelope, we will be able to produce larger and more complex parts with shorter cycle times, to speed up class projects and the robot production schedule. As we continue to grow our program over the next two years, the final piece of machinery to complete our lab would be a Haas lathe.”

Last year, the school was one of two in the state that were awarded a Specialized Secondary Programs grant from the California Department of Education to develop a Computer Aided Manufacturing program. The grant provides funding to schools offering highly technical and advanced programs that provide students with industry-relevant skills in areas of high economic growth and need in the state. As part of the program, Clark will be writing model curriculum and producing video-based lessons to share digitally with other schools throughout the state. While computer aided manufacturing in general is not a new process, offering such an advanced program at the high school level is, and will help close the large skills gap in the manufacturing sector. As one of seven Haas Technical Education Centers in Los Angeles County, Clark Magnet has built a robust four-year pathway that begins with technology and engineering courses in the ninth and tenth grades, and progresses to manufacturing methods and the CAM certification class in twelfth grade. Students who are members of the FIRST Robotics Team 696 are able to advance to a second-year Advanced CAM class, which includes toolpath optimization, lathe setup, programming and operation, and more advanced project-based practice. The high school is in the process of articulating its courses with local colleges and universities, so students may earn college credit while still in high school, and begin at a higher level when they enter colleges.

While the school’s own lab is impressive for a high school campus, the students were amazed when they recently visited the Haas Automation factory in Oxnard, California. Students were impressed by the level of automation within the Haas factory. Eleventh-grade student Shay Sackett, who hopes to become either a manufacturing or automation engineer, commented, “I was amazed by the robotic spindle-grinding work cells. It’s neat to see machines making parts for other machines, and the robots can complete the repetitive tasks with a high degree of efficiency.”

To develop and sustain a high school program of this magnitude has been no easy feat. The school’s principal, students, instructors, and volunteer mentors all have contributed to the creation and improvement of the school’s 3,000-square-foot advanced engineering and manufacturing lab. Funding the program has been accomplished in part by the generous contributions of partners such as NASA, JPL, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the Gene Haas Foundation. For more information about Clark Magnet High School or FIRST Robotics Team 696, visit the school’s website at, the team’s website at,

Tech program leading to jobs Pinckney HS

July 27, 2014 Written by Amanda Whitesell Daily Press & Argus

Jacob McCall had his fair share of unglamorous jobs — working at a day care and a hardware store as well as serving up sandwiches at Subway.
Like most high school students he simply didn’t have the skill set for more advanced positions. That is until he enrolled in an industrial technology program at Pinckney Community High School.
“The No. 1 thing I learned is CNC programming,” he said. “I’m talking to guys in their 40s with kids, and their eyes just widen and they say, ‘Really? You know how to do that?” Continue reading

Closing skills gap in central Indiana receives boost


Central Indiana residents and manufacturing companies will receive a boost in 2015, thanks to a new training center that will be under construction this fall in Lebanon.

Ground was broken July 26 for the Gene Haas Training and Education Center in the Lebanon Industrial Park, located adjacent to I-65. The 20,000 square foot facility is planned to open in August 2015, immediately providing training to close a skills gap for machinists needed by manufacturers in central Indiana. Continue reading

Groundbreaking and Presentation of $1.5 million Grant New Gene Haas Training Center Vincennes University, Lebanon, Indiana Campus

New Gene Haas Trining Center
Lebanon, Indiana – On Saturday, July 26, at 2 pm, officials from the City of Lebanon, machine tool builder Haas Automation, Inc., and Vincennes University will hold a groundb ceremony and check presentation for the new Gene Haas Training Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility at 321 N. Mt. Zion Road in Lebanon. Representatives from the Gene Haas Foundation will present a check for $1.5 million as a grant to help build the new facility. Continue reading

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)


National Institute for Metalworking Skills and Gene Haas Foundation Announce $100,000 in Scholarships for Schools

New program will ensure more young people have the skills and credentials they need for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs

Fairfax, Virginia, June 24, 2014—Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF), which provides scholarships to schools for students entering technical training programs, announced a new program to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers. Continue reading

Trabuco Hills High School

Trabuco Hills High School

About 90 people attended a grand opening and dedication for the Gary Sladek Legacy Haas Technical Education Center at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo on May 22, 2014.  The school is home to the Coastline ROP Manufacturing Engineering Technology class.  Continue reading