Stanly Community College’s Computer Integrated Machining program has received the Gene Haas Foundation Grant of $15,000 for 2016. The grant funds can be used toward student scholarships, NIMS credentialing, and sponsorship of student competitions highlighting the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining Program, such as SkillsUSA or FIRST Robotics competition.
"I am very honored and thankful that the Gene Haas Foundation has donated $15,000 for scholarships and NIMS credentialing to help support skilled education at SCC", stated SCC's President, Dr. John Enamait. "The Haas company has been a key partner in our Machining program and this will be an immense boost to those students who lack the necessary resources to continue their education. We look forward to helping those students achieve their dream of a better paying job while, at the same time, growing our skilled workforce."
SCC's Machining program started offsite in 2012, as a continuing education program. It has progressed into a state-of-the-art facility in the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) Center. The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product. Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, computer-aided machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, and metrology. These skills are critical to the local manufacturing base, according to Dr. Enamait.
According to a recent report called "The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond," over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled in the U.S., and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.
The Gene Haas Foundation has donated to more than 1500 charitable organizations and schools that have received funds totally over $48 million. The Foundation is part of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. SCC's Computer-Integrated Machining currently uses Haas mills and lathes.
Pictured from left to right: Jeff Parsons, Associate Vice President of the School of Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies; Tripp Robinson, Haas Specialist; Dr. John Enamait, President of SCC; Ryan Love, Program Head, Computer-Integrated Machining.