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Bill Walsh of the Haas Factory Outlet, a division of Phillips, pictured at left, presents a $7,500 scholarship grant to Scott LaForest, instructor of Machine Tool Technology at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, for use by students pursuing machining-based training. Also pictured are Johnathan Hill of Elizabethton and Ethan Lusk of Roan Mountain, Machine Tool students at TCAT Elizabethton.

Gene Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, America's leading builder of CNC machine tools. Haas Automation was started in 1983 and is now a billion dollar manufacturing company based in Southern California. This extraordinary growth has come in an era where Americans are told we don't manufacture anything anymore. Those perceptions have led to decisions in our education systems regarding vocational education that have contributed to a Skills Gap in US manufacturing.

The Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to more than 8,000 charitable organizations and schools since 1999. Haas’ commitment to the importance of U.S. manufacturing has compelled him to direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing education in the form of scholarships and other support for CNC machinist training.

Over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. Gene's commitment to the importance of American Manufacturing have incited him to start and grow his personal foundation to over 200 million dollars which he focuses on manufacturing education in the form of scholarships for CNC machinist training. Each year the Gene Haas Foundation grants over ten million dollars to manufacturing education programs in North American. The Gene Haas Foundation is very proud of the students and programs in the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology system and awards scholarships to many TCAT programs every year.


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