HAAS Foundation and Work Ready Scholarships

Jun 28, 2017

HAAS Check Presentation

OWENSBORO, KY (06/28/2017) OWENSBORO, KY (06/27/2017) Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) unveiled a new scholarship partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation in conjunction with the OCTC Foundation, Inc. The Haas Foundation donated $10,000 for scholarships for the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) program at OCTC. This first-time donation was revealed by Phil Haming, the Haas Sales Engineer for Kentucky, at a presentation on Tuesday, June 27 in the CMM lab, located in the Advanced Technology Center located on OCTC's main campus at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro. The partnership with Haas and OCTC is longstanding as the CMM lab is equipped with HAAS equipment, the VF1 machine or the Very First One version of the machine that the manufacturer produced, sits among several other Haas built machines in the state of the art lab used by students.

"We are very grateful to the Haas Foundation for investing in our students and our community. This scholarship will help numerous new students enter into the CMM program and it matches up perfectly as they are training on Haas equipment that has a stellar reputation in the industry," said Mike Rodgers, Interim Executive Director of the OCTC Foundation, Inc.

The Gene Haas Foundation, formed in 1999 by Gene Haas, supports scholarships in manufacturing training and education with an emphasis on providing scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs. Haas is the founder of Haas Automation, the largest and most modern machine tool builder in the western world.

Kentucky's Work Ready Scholarship was established by the Governor Bevin and Secretary Heiner in the Workforce Development Cabinet. The program is facilitated through KHEAA, to help Kentuckians earn an industry-recognized certificate or credential by covering all tuition costs. The program will begin awarded funds for classes this fall, it is a last dollar in program, designed to upgrade the skills of those that have not earned an associate degree, and create a "work ready" population. This is the first year for the program which covers the areas of Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation, Business Services/Information Technology, and Construction Trades. CMM is one of the programs included in the Work Ready scholarship. Other areas of manufacturing include, electrical technology, electronics, and industrial maintenance. To learn more about the program please contact Rebecca Simon via email at rebecca.simon@kctcs.edu or by calling 270-686-3795.