Millions of Dollars Donated to Students in Manufacturing Careers
The Gene Haas Foundation presented, in conjunction with Productivity Inc., $130,000 in scholarships for students attending Minnesota schools focusing on CNC machining and related technical education. This includes $29,000 to St. Paul College, $10,000 to South Central College in Mankato, $15,000 to Dunwoody Technical College and $75,000 to Team Industries Foundation in Bagley, MN for students in the NW part of MN attending technical colleges in the region. In addition, other notable nationwide grants include $20,000 to North Mankato and Faribault to be used for scholarships in the CIM (Computer Integrated Machining) programs on each campus.
Gene Haas, the owner of Haas Automation, located in Oxnard, CA, builder of a wide range of CNC machine tools (locally distributed by Productivity Inc in the Upper Midwest and Moncktons Machine Tool in the Rocky mountain states), set up a separate foundation in 1999 whose purpose is to provide scholarships for people interested in manufacturing, and machining in particular. The past couple years the Fund has awarded over six million dollars each year nationally. The foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs, and supports youth programs that inspire young people to consider manufacturing careers.
For more information, or to understand how your school could apply, visit www.ghaasfoundation.org or contact Greg Buck at Productivity Inc. at 763-476-8600.
South Central College North Mankato, MN campus
Left to right. Barb Embacher – Dean of Workforce Education and Training South Central College, Tami Reuter – Executive Director South Central College Foundation North Mankato Campus, Jon Morgan – Computer Integrated Machining Instructor, Chris Devries – Computer Integrated Machining Instructor, Dr. Annette Parker – President South Central College
DUNWOODY COLLEGE, MN campus
Greg Buck- Productivity, E.J. Daigle-Dunwoody, surrounded by students
From left to right: (Productivity) Matt Mangulis, Greg Buck, (Team Foundation) Mike Mathews, Deb Mathews, Jim Russ and Tricia Young, President of The TEAM Foundation