Gene Haas machining scholarships benefit students

Elizabeth F. Abu | Mar 27, 2019

In May 2017 the Gene Haas Foundation awarded a grant for $10,000 to North Central Texas College for scholarships for Machining Technology students. This semester, the last of the 11 scholarships were awarded to students enrolled in machining-based training programs at the college to help meet the growing need for trained machinists.

“The students with the most need have benefited the most from these scholarships,” said Machining Instructor Dale Roberts. “I’ve seen students with marginal income complete the program and become productive machinists with great jobs thanks to this opportunity from the Haas Foundation.”

NCTC opened new, state-of-the art industrial technology centers on its Gainesville and Bowie campuses, and the machining labs contain Haas equipment.

“We use their equipment in our labs, so it was a natural extension to work with the Gene Haas Foundation to further support our students through scholarships,” said NCTC Senior Director of Grants Donna Uptergrove.

NCTC offers an Occupational Skills Award (OSA), a Level 1 Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Machining Technology. Students can complete their OSA in just one semester or can continue on for a higher certificate or degree. 

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Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship recipient Dorothy Finney working with a Haas machine in her Machining Technology Class at NCTC.


Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship recipient Fred Napoleon works with Instructor Dale Roberts in his Machining Class at NCTC.


Gene Haas Scholarship recipients Fred Napoleon (right) and Sam Huffman (left) work with Haas equipment in their Machining Technology Class at NCTC.


A Machining Technology class at NCTC with Haas equipment in the state-of-the-art Machining Lab in NCTC’s Industrial Technology Center.