The Gene Haas Foundation generously donated $20,000 to support students studying machine technology at Fullerton College. Students, who demonstrate a financial need and meet certain requirements like GPA and course level, will be eligible to apply for a scholarship.
The foundation is the charitable arm of Haas Automation Inc., which is the leading machine tool manufacturer in the United States. Fullerton College’s Machine Technology Department has benefitted from the foundation’s generosity in the past through the deep discounts of computer numerical control (CNC) equipment and student scholarships. Last year, the Haas Foundation also gave $10,000 in scholarships, which was evenly distributed to 10 machine technology students.
“No other individual or organization has supported the educational goals of our students and so many others like ours across the country like the Gene Haas Foundation,” said department coordinator Dan O’Brien. “This additional funding will give us the opportunity to help more students pay for tuition, school supplies, and precision tools needed to complete their certificate program and get them into the workforce.”
On June 17, Arjen Sakes, vice president of the Haas Factory Outlet in Anaheim presented the $20,000 check to O’Brien during a visit to the machine technology lab. The funding will help grant up to 20 scholarships to qualifying students during the 2015-2016 academic year.
The machine technology program teaches fundamental skills critical for success in the machining trade. Many students who complete the certificate program at FC go on to obtain high-paying careers as machinists, CNC machinists or CNC programmers. The program is also appealing to students interested in pursuing engineering degrees. Machine technology classes can be costly because tools and other equipment are required. O’Brien is grateful that Haas Foundation scholarships will augment that cost to students.
A scholarship application will be available before the fall semester starts, and scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2016.