Grant Career Center’s Engineering Design program received a
$7500 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The check was presented to
Engineering Design instructor Tobin Huebner, by Lou Santoro of HFO Midwest, the
Haas Automation distributor. Santoro said, “Grant Career Center’s Engineering
Design program is helping to fill the need of a qualified, trained workforce to
continue manufacturing excellence in the USA. This check is to assist the
students and that mission”.
Gene Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America’s
leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas Automation
is a now a billion dollar company.
One of the Gene Haas Foundation’s goals is to introduce
students to careers in machine technology and manufacturing by sponsoring
educational events, programs and competitions that provide these opportunities.
The Engineering Design program at Grant Career Center
prepares students to continue into a two or four-year post-secondary degree in
engineering technology, mechanical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering
The Gene Haas Foundation Grant will help fund the several
items in the Engineering Design program at Grant Career Center.
The Haas Grant will help defray the costs for each student to
have access to interactive online simulation of industrial training for
Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Milling Machine control usage and G&M
The Gene Haas Foundation grant also provides funds to
purchase industrial supplies, consumables, and raw stock for student CNC
machining capstone projects. Tobin Huebner, Engineering Design instructor said,
“This funding will help each student to manufacture unique products on a CNC
machine which they have designed as part of the Engineering Design class, it is
a great opportunity for each student”.
The Gene Haas Foundation grant will also provide funds for a
“Gene Haas Manufacturing Grant” to an outstanding Engineering Design graduating
senior to continue their education in a post-secondary engineering or
A recent report called “The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing
2015 and Beyond” projects that, “Over the next decade, nearly three and a half
million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is
expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.” Gene’s
commitment to the importance of US manufacturing has incited him to grow his
personal foundation and direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing
education in the form of scholarships for CNC machinist training. Grants are also funded that help some strong
technical programs that teach these skills grow and expand.
The Engineering Design program at Grant Career Center assists
students in earning up to 17 semester hours of college credit, OSHA
certification card, and prepare to successfully complete college in an engineering
or manufacturing major. Applications are currently being accepted for the
2016-2017 school year.