Southeast Community College (SCC, received $15,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation on Monday, October 30, to fund scholarships as well as pay for students to enter and travel to skills competitions such as SkillsUSA in manufacturing and machining.

“We appreciate the continued support and generosity of the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Kirby Taylor, Precision Machining and Automation Technology Program Chair. “We want the number one priority of our students to be learning a skill, not figuring out how to pay for it. This helps offset the financial burden our students feel with the cost of school and entering skills competitions.”

Since 2015, the Precision Machining and Automation Technology program at SCC has received annual grants totaling $102,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation. The Foundation’s primary goal is to build skills in the manufacturing industry by providing scholarships for Computer Numeric Control technology students. Haas is the Owner of Haas Automation Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machines, which he started in 1983. Haas also owns multiple NASCAR teams.

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