Productivity and Gene Haas Foundation Present $30,000 Grant Check to Dunwoody Technical College

March 4, 2016
Congratulations to Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, MN for being awarded a BIG check for $30,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation!  

Productivity Presents Gene Haas Foundation Check to Dunwoody Tech CollegeSteve McCloskey, Sales Engineer from Productivity Inc/Haas Factory Outlet and Hope Riska, AE Training Administrator from Productivity Inc/Haas Factory Outlet presented the check to Brian Nelsen, Senior Instructor, Machine Tool Technology and Jeff Ylinen, Provost of Dunwoody College.  Fourteen Machining Students were on hand for the presentation.  Pictured, left to right are:  Hope Riska, Productivity Inc, Brian Nelsen, Dunwoody, Steve McCloskey, Productivity Inc and Jeff Ylinen, Dunwoody.  Not pictured:  E.J. Daigle, Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing Technology.
Dunwoody has an excellent Machine Tool Technology Program with 15 Haas machines and are one of the first HTEC’s (Haas Technical Education Center), providing Machine Tool Technology, Automated Systems, Industrial Engineering, Robotics and many other Degrees at their facility, with programs starting back in 1914.  Dunwoody hosted the 2014 Americas HTEC Conference, which helped celebrate their 100th Anniversary.
Dunwoody is also one of the Right Skills Now Fast-Track Program institutions, which began with President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness back in 2011.  Dunwoody and Minnesota State University at Mankato worked with the Council and the Manufacturing Institute to develop the curriculum and were the first two schools to implement the now nationwide program aimed at getting people back to work in Manufacturing jobs fast – 16 weeks.  The Right Skills Now program is still going strong at Dunwoody with classes in the evening with Principal Manufacturing Instructor Tom Larson.
The money will be used to help provide Scholarships for students in their Machine Tool Technology programs.
The Gene Haas Foundation awards grants to High Schools and Post-Secondary Schools to assist with their programs, including scholarships for students pursuing Manufacturing Careers.  Schools can find out more about potential opportunities and apply for Scholarship Grants at


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