North Dakota State College of Science has been awarded a $500,000 naming rights grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to upgrade Precision Machining Technology program facilities. Once complete, the newly named Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing will strengthen NDSCS’ capacity to attract and educate the next generation of machinists to meet growing workforce needs.
The mission of the Gene Haas Foundation is to introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and improve the pathway by providing students with resources and impactful experiences. “We strongly believe in the value of CTE education to transform lives, enhance a workforce and sustain an important industry that is fundamental to our nation,” said Kathy Looman, director of education and Gene Haas Centers naming grants. “North Dakota State College of Science has been a leader in training for careers in the manufacturing industry for many years with an excellent team of educators who embrace cutting-edge technology. NDSCS is also a leader in the education community, mentoring and supporting programs across the country to share best practices with other education programs. These are just a couple of the many reasons we have chosen NDSCS as a Gene Haas Center.”
NDSCS became one of the first Haas Technology Education Centers (HTEC) in the United States. This partnership helped NDSCS establish an advanced manufacturing learning lab with state-of-the-art equipment and connect its instructors to professional training and networking. “The College’s longstanding partnership with Haas Automation gives our students the best educational experience possible,” said Steve Johnson, department chair of Precision Machining Technology and NDSCS HTEC director. “Our students are competing with their peers at a national level and they’re winning. That speaks volumes to our faculty and our facilities.”
The grant will fund renovations to the Haas Technology Education Center in the Tech Center on NDSCS’ Wahpeton campus. In conjunction with facility updates, the grant will be used to rename the CNC lab to the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing. NDSCS President Rod Flanigan believes the relationship with the Gene Haas Foundation is critical for the sustainability of the Precision Machining Technology program. “We are grateful for their contributions, which allow us to extend the College’s impact on meeting workforce needs in this high-tech industry,” said Flanigan.
Students in the NDSCS Precision Machining Technology program learn about CNC programming, CNC set-up and operation, production machining, mold making, die making, toolmaking and automated manufacturing. Additional information about the NDSCS Precision Machining Technology program can be found online at NDSCS.edu/Machining.
The Gene Haas Foundation was established in 1999 by Gene Haas, founder and owner of Haas Automation, Inc., to support the needs of the local community through grants to local charities such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Food Share, Rescue Mission, and others.
Seeing a growing need for skilled manufacturing employees industry-wide, the Foundation expanded its mission to include support for manufacturing training programs throughout North America and beyond. By providing scholarship grants, sponsoring individual and team CNC competitions, and partnering with the very best CNC training programs in the world, the Foundation helps expand the availability of high-quality manufacturing technology training worldwide.
The Gene Haas Foundation donates millions of dollars every year to manufacturing education and the community. In 2021-2022, the Gene Haas Foundation provided more than $22 million in grants, bringing the total since its inception to more than $150 million.
Article written by NDSCS and submitted to external news outlets.