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Gene Haas Foundation donates $20,000 for student scholarships in machining

The Palm Beach State College Foundation has been given $20,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation for scholarships that will go to students in the College’s Machining Technology Program.

“Machining is at the core of manufacturing, which is vital to the economy,” said Richard Reeder, PBSC associate dean of trade and industry. “If you look at any manufactured item, a machinist probably had his or her hand in it somewhere. The Gene Haas Foundation not only recognizes just how important machinists are today but also how important machining education is, and therefore we very much appreciate this generous gift.”

Haas check presentation
From left: Richard Reeder, PBSC associate dean of trade and industry; George Gentile, chairman of the PBSC Foundation; Patricia V. Richie, PBSC dean of business, trade and industry; Lynnmarie Gomes Highsmith, PBSC program director of trade and industry; and Gus Lozana, account manager at Haas Factory Outlet, LLC

Palm Beach State College’s Machining Technology Program is a 1,500-hour program accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. The College awards students who complete the program with a Post Secondary Adult Vocational Training Certificate. Opportunities for those with the certificate include manufacturing industry careers as machine tool operators, precision machinists, tool and die makers, CNC operators and programmers and quality control inspectors.

About the Gene Haas Foundation
Founded by Gene Haas, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million to deserving charities since 1999. It was formed to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, and has expanded to provide scholarships for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs at community colleges and vocational schools. To date, more than 800 charitable organizations have received funds from the Gene Haas Foundation.

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