April 10, 2017
A $10,000 Grant from the Gene Haas Foundation was recently presented to University of Akron’s College of Applied Science and Technology by their local Haas Factory Outlet. Presenting the check was Education Director Toni Neary and Regional Sales Engineer, Chris Tsiros. Accepting the check from University of Akron was Elizabeth Kennedy, Interim Dean, Marcia Belcher, Program Director and Dan Kandray, UA Associate Professor and Program Director. During the presentation of the grant, Kandray stated, “These funds are invaluable and will greatly aid our efforts.”
The Haas Scholarship money is to be awarded in support of a student or students who are US Citizens or US Permanent Residents, and who are graduated from secondary schools seeking to enroll in one of the manufacturing technology related programs at The University of Akron’s College of Applied Science and Technology. On hand for the presentation of the check were (from left to right): Elizabeth Kennedy, Interim Dean; Marcia Belcher, Interim Department Chair; Chris Tsiros, HFO Regional Sales Engineer; Dan Kandray, UA Associate Professor and Program Director; and Toni Neary, HFO Education Director.
The University has been engaged in numerous outreach activities to recruit high school students to advanced manufacturing careers including their innovative “One and Done” program. This program was developed to combat the well-known and well-published manufacturing skills gap. The goal of the program is to attract top-quality talent to manufacturing careers by linking skilled manufacturing positions with University degrees; a previously unheard of proposition. Essentially the program grants college credit to high school students enrolled in manufacturing programs at career centers or technical high schools. Hailed as innovative and explosive, this program was quickly adopted by seven regional career centers and is growing.
Students enrolled in the program gain first-hand experience machining precision parts by programming and operating two Haas CNC Machines currently is use in the University’s Lab. The machines include a Haas Super Mini Mill, compact vertical machining center and a Haas ST-10 CNC Lathe. The University has also placed an order for a 5-axis vertical machining center (Haas VF-2TR) from Haas, which will increase the knowledge of graduates through the use of advanced machining processes, including the ability to machine 5 faces of a part in a single set-up. Graduates from the University’s associate and bachelorette degree programs can expect to find positions as Robotics Technicians, Process Technicians, Quality Technicians, CNC Programmers, and Manufacturing Technicians/Engineers.
Candidates to receive a portion of the Gene Haas Foundation Grant will be selected by a scholarship committee in CAST, appointed by the Dean of the college to review applicants. Candidates for consideration by the committee will be those recommended by teachers and guidance counselors in high schools and career centers. Preference will be given to students who declare an interest in advanced manufacturing engineering technology. The selection committee will endeavor to recognize at least one student from each career center actively working with the manufacturing engineering technology programs in CAST.
The Gene Foundation was created in 1999 by Gene Haas, Founder and President of Haas Automation, Inc. and reflects Haas’ commitment to the manufacturing industry in the USA and manufacturing education. This year alone the Gene Haas Foundation has granted over $9 million dollars to manufacturing education in the form of scholarships, inspiring young people to explore manufacturing as a career.
Gene Haas, who was born in Ohio, is the founder and owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading manufacturer of CNC machine tools. Haas started his company in 1983, which today has grown to become a billion dollar revenue generating company that designs, engineers and builds some of the industry’s most popular machining centers and turning centers. All Haas CNC machine tools and rotary products are manufactured within the one-million-square-foot facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs).