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Johnston Community College receives $15,000 grant

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SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College has received a $15,000 Gene Haas Foundation grant to support scholarships for machining students.

“We are so grateful for the continued generous support of the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Brian Worley, department chairman for advanced technologies at JCC. “Support from Haas Automation and the Haas Foundation has been instrumental in our ability to recruit and train machining students for the 21st century.”

Gene Haas, the owner of Haas Automation, founded the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999 in an effort to support the need for machining training across the nation.

The foundation’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for CNC machine technology students and National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials.

Scholarships can be used to pay for tuition, books, students’ personal NIMS accounts, the cost of individual NIMS credentials and small personal tools students are required to purchase for their program. Funds can also help pay for the cost of expenses for any students qualifying to compete in state and national SkillsUSA machining competitions.