Northeast State Community College received a generous donation Wednesday to fund manufacturing education programs from the largest CNC machining manufacturer in the nation.
Bill Walsh of the Haas Factory Outlet, a division of Phillips, presented a $6,000 scholarship grant to Jeff Frazier, dean of RCAM, to assist dual enrollment students pursuing machining-based training. Haas Factory Outlets represents Haas Automation, Inc., the largest CNC machine tool builder in the nation.
The RCAM Academy at Northeast State in Kingsport expands the College’s technical training capabilities and dual enrollment opportunities for high school students around the region. The RCAM Academy features a large Machine Tool/CNC laboratory with new machining technology critical for world-class instruction.
Founded by Gene Haas in 1983, Haas Automation operates as a billion dollar manufacturing company based in Southern California. The Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to more than 8,000 charitable organizations and schools since 1999. Haas’ commitment to the importance of U.S. manufacturing has compelled him to direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing education in the form of scholarships and other support for CNC machinist training.
The Haas commitment to the importance of American Manufacturing incited Gene Haas to start and grow his personal foundation to over $200 million dollars focused on funding manufacturing education programs via scholarships for CNC machinist training.
The Gene Haas Foundation grants over $10 million dollars annually to manufacturing education programs in North America. The Foundation is very proud of the technical education programs offered by Northeast State and the opportunities the RCAM Academy will provide to dual enrollment students in our region.
The RCAM Academy represents Northeast State’s dedication to educating the next generation of skilled technical workers who are prepared to move America forward through the 21st century. RCAM’s academic program-related enrollment has grown over 3.5 times since the facility opened.
For information about the RCAM Academy or Northeast State’s academic programs visit www.manufacturingfuture.net or www.northeaststate.edu. For more information about the Gene Haas Foundation or Haas Automation, visit www.ghaasfoundation.org or www.haascnc.com.