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Gene Haas Foundation Supports Computer Integrated Machining Students

Bill Cranford, Haas Automation, Inc. Sales Engineer presents check to CFCC's Computer Integrated Machining Technology students

Bill Cranford, Haas Automation, Inc. Sales Engineer presents check to CFCC’s Computer Integrated Machining Technology students

Wilmington, NC — The Gene Haas Foundation, founded by Gene Haas, owner of Haas Automation, Inc. recently granted Cape Fear Community College’s Career and Technical computer-integrated machining program $16,000.

Established in 1999 with a mission to fund the needs of the local community, the Gene Haas Foundation has extended their resources to support the machining industry altogether by investing in computer numerical control (CNC) technology—a technology that utilizes a computer to translate design produced by Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software into numbers—academic programs and their students.

Bill Cranford, Haas Automation, Inc. sales engineer, presented $16,000 to the computer-integrated machining program at CFCC on behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation. The funds received will be used mostly for student scholarships.

“I am always excited to be able to deliver a check from the Gene Haas Foundation. Gene’s commitment to the Community College system is unlike any I’ve experienced in any industry,” said Cranford. “Our hope at Haas is that by giving back a portion of what our customers spend with us, we will help them grow their business by feeding them experienced and talented machinists and programmers. And if they can graduate with less student debt to worry about we will consider that worth it all.”

“Support from the Gene Haas Foundation has benefitted so many of our computer integrated machining students and we are very fortunate again to receive this generous donation. So many of our students work, have families and deal with everyday life,” said Mark Council, CFCC Dean of Career & Technical Education. “Investments like this go a long way and our students couldn’t do it without the help of the Gene Haas Foundation.”

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