SCC Foundation Receives Grant from the Gene Haas Foundation

Article by: Cheri Anderson-Hucks | SCC

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New opportunities are available for Spartanburg Community College students considering careers in machine tool technology, thanks to a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The GHF's primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for computer numerical control (CNC) machine technology students and National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) credentials. Awarded as part of the Haas Foundation's annual grant distribution to qualifying institutions, SCC received $15,000 to be awarded to eligible students over the next two years.

Garrett Brown, program director, SCC Machine Tool Technology Program, is pleased to offer this opportunity to students. "Over the past 11 years, the MTT department has awarded over 900 NIMS credentials. The GHF grant will allow us to continue to award this industry recognized credential at no cost to our students," explained Brown.

There is a critical need for a skilled workforce to support the region's manufacturing base. Jobs are plentiful for students who complete SCC's MTT program, which has a placement rate consistently at 95 percent. The Haas scholarship funds can alleviate some of the financial burden for students' training by allowing them to apply for up to $2,500 to cover tuition, books, or other materials needed for the program.

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For more information on the SCC Machine Tool Technology Program, visit the SCC website. For more information on applying to SCC, contact the college's admissions center at any SCC location at (864) 592-4800 or visit the SCC CAMIT website.

About the Gene Haas Foundation
In 1999 Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community. Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America's leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas Automation is a now a billion-dollar company and this extraordinary growth has all come in an era when American's were being told that the United States doesn't manufacture anything anymore. Those perceptions and decisions made in our education system regarding vocational education have led to dire statistics. A recent report called The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond projects that, "Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2-million of those jobs going unfilled." For more information, visit

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