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Gene Haas Scholarship to benefit students studying Machining

by Darin Allred | Jan 12, 2016 <p> </p>

A new scholarship at North Central Texas College will help train students in an industry that is in desperate need of highly-skilled workers.

The Gene Haas Foundation recently made a $15,000 donation to establish the Gene Haas Scholarship at NCTC. Scholarships will be awarded to current and future students enrolled in the Machining Technology program at the college.

"In the machining industry right now, we are probably a million machinists short of where we should be in this country," said Kenny Smith, the Department Chairman for NCTC's Industrial Technology program.

Niel Arnett, the Territory Manager for Haas Factory Outlet, recently presented the check to NCTC officials on behalf of the Haas Foundation.

"The company puts a really high value on education and technical training because this is something that is not supported that much in the high schools anymore. To have this program (at NCTC) and have the school be able to partner with Haas means a lot because we are able to get good machines into the school. These are the actual machines the students will see when they are out in the field. The fact that NCTC is giving that training really means a lot to Haas and I feel fortunate that the school chose to partner with us."

Arnett agrees that there is a shortage of machinists in the United States and sees North Texas as an area of continued need due to the population growth expected and the number of manufacturers coming into the area.

"Sometimes I wish I was selling machinists (instead of machines)," he joked. "My customers are looking, number one, for good employees and then qualified employees. The ability of a school like NCTC to get these students their first steps in training, that takes a huge load off the shops because they don't have to worry about some green worker coming in and crashing their $150,000 machine. The workers can come in and have a level of aptitude. They can get in, get going at a good pay rate, then excel from there."

For more information about the scholarship or the NCTC Machining program, call Student Support Specialist David Durrill at 940-668-4272 Ext. 4912 or NCTC Advisor Brian Carnes at 940-668-4272 Ext. 4916.

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The Gene Haas Foundation recently donated $15,000 for scholarship to the NCTC Machining Technology Program. Pictured are (left to right) NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace, students Rusty Strait and Arturo Gonzalez, Haas Factory Outlet Territory Manager Niel Arnett, NCTC Industrial Technology Chair Kenny Smith, NCTC Dean of Career and Technical Education Debbie Huffman, NCTC Industrial Technology Advisor Brian Carnes, NCTC Grant Writer Marlene Phillips, and NCTC Student Support Specialist David Durrill.