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QCC’s Manufacturing Technology Program Receives $10,000 Gene Haas Grant For the Second Year

November 2019
  • Gene Haas Foundation check presentation
    From left:Thao Chai (student), Lee Duerden (Faculty),Justin Smith (student), Jeffrey Pavone(student), Matthew Osmolowski (student), Sam Souryyavongsa (student),Dan Quinn (Gene Haas Foundation), Mariana Ferraz (student) and Brian Boland(student)

For the second year in a row Quinsigamond Community College has received a $10,000 Gene Hass Foundation Grant. The grant funding is a welcome addition to QCC’s Manufacturing Technology program and one that Lee Duerden, associate professor of Manufacturing Technology at the College was hopeful would become an annual award. QCC is a Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) approved member.

The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 with the primary goal of building skills in the machining industry. The Foundation provides an opportunity for schools to apply for funds annually, providing scholarships for CNC machine technology students and NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials. 

“We are fortunate to work with amazing colleges including Quinsigamond Community College. The College is working constantly to help address and close the skills gap in Massachusetts,” said Toni Neary, HFO Trident, director of Education (a Haas Factory Outlet, in Windsor, Ct.) “Local manufacturers need skilled machinists in order to keep manufacturing here at home, and these scholarships remove barriers for students allowing them to complete the program.”

Ms. Neary said they look for colleges with strong pipelines for CNC pathways. QCC currently offers a CNC Technologies Certificate, as well as a Computer Aided Design Certificate, a Manufacturing Technology Certificate and an associate degree in Manufacturing Technology.

“Our goal is to help allow the next generation of machinists continually develop their skill set,” she added.

Visit QCC’s Manufacturing Technology to learn more.