Alex Tech Receives BIG Check from Productivity and the Gene Haas Foundation!

Congratulations to Alexandria Technical College for being awarded a $25,000 Scholarship Grant from the Gene Haas Foundation! The check was presented to Alex Tech by local Haas Factory Outlet, Productivity Inc.

The scholarships will be known as the Gene Haas Scholarships, named after the Gene Haas Foundation who has been offering scholarships to high schools, community colleges and special educational programs that help build skills within the machining industry.

genehaascheck_alextech_2_sept2016Pictured (right) are Productivity Inc Machine Tool Sales – Andy Walser (L) and Jack Chermak (R) with President of Alexandria Technical College – Laura Urban.

“We are very proud that the Gene Haas Foundation, Haas Automation and Productivity Inc can play a role in the future success of these students. (Yesterday) the students expressed to us their sincere thanks for the funds they are able to receive to further their studies and help launch their careers (in manufacturing).” – Jack Chermak, Productivity Inc – Machine Tool Sales


Students pictured in the above photo are in the Machine Tool Technology program. Students at ATC also compete in the SkillsUSA competition both on State and National levels, many winning first-place medals! Machine Tool Instructor, Kevin Huwe says he is very proud of his students, their accomplishments and proud to be a part of the ATC program.

When students attend Manufacturing Technology courses at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minnesota, they are taught everything from the technical side to “life” skills. As you can tell by the photo above, they are all excited to be entering the world of Manufacturing Careers! Students can choose from different pathways including: Carpentry; Machine Tool Technology; Mechanical Drafting, Design & Engineering Technology; Mechatronics; Pre-Engineering Technology and Welding Technology.

Alex Tech is also part of the HTEC (Haas Technical Education Centers) Network. Haas Automation, Inc. supports Manufacturing Education by not only putting machines in schools, but offers “free membership” in the HTEC Network, giving Educators a tremendous opportunity to network with other Educators through Regional and National conferences and by sharing information with each other. For more information, go to

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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