NASCAR XFINITY Series Driver Gives SCC the Thumbs-up

NASCAR XFINITY Series Driver Gives SCC the Thumps-up

Cole Custer

Photo by Harold Hinson Photography.
Cole Custer, who drives the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for the Stewart-Hass Racing Team,
gives Stanly Community College the thumbs-up during the recent NASCAR XFINITY races at
Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Stanly Community College (SCC) Instructor Ryan Love found himself at the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway talking about his passion-machining. Mr. Love is the program head for the Computer-Integrated Machining and CNC Machining training programs at SCC.

While attending the recent races in Charlotte, Mr. Love was able to meet Cole Custer, who drives the No. 00 Ford Mustang for the Stewart-Haas Racing Team. The connection is Haas Automation. Haas Automation is the largest machine tool builder in the western world, manufacturing a complete line of CNC vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes and rotary products. SCC uses Haas machines when training students to become work-ready CNC machinists. "We use Haas CNC machines to train and shape the future workforce in the manufacturing field. Haas not only helps colleges across the state but across the country as well. The machines are rugged, handle tight tolerances and are very dependable," explained Mr. Love.

According to EMSI data, Computer-Integrated Machining jobs are in high-demand. EMSI occupational summary concludes that 6,512 jobs will be available in our region by the year 2020. Currently, the median hourly earnings are $18.27/hr. SCC offers a two-year degree, diploma, and four certificate options for the Computer-Integrated Machining field, as well as an apprenticeship program and a pathway for high-school juniors and seniors. Additionally, a two-semester training program is available for CNC machinists.

For more information, contact Ryan Love at (704) 991-0266 or, or visit our website at