The Gene Haas Foundation has donated $10,000 to Eastern Gateway Community College to continue to strengthen the machining program that the college has undertaken in the Mahoning Valley as part of its overall Energy and Engineering Initiatives.

Representatives of the foundation will present the check to EGCC on Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. The event will be held in the corridor at EGCC’s Valley Center, 101 East Federal Street, Youngstown, Ohio, 44503. A press conference will take place at that time, and administrators will answer questions from the media.

The grant money will support scholarship programs and the costs of National Institute of for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentialing. Officials said the scholarships will be given to current students or people who will be enrolled in a machining-based training program.

NIMS teamed up with the Gene Haas Foundation to create scholarship opportunities so schools can prepare more students for successful manufacturing careers. The scholarships help schools build high-quality technical programs by providing funding to support the implementation of industry-recognized credentials.

The Gene Haas Foundation was started in 1999 by Gene Haas, who is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc. The foundation supports children’s charities, organizations that feed the poor, grant scholarships for programs that help military veterans enrolls in programs, high school scholarships, community college scholarships, and special education programs that help build skills within the machining industry. To date, more than 1,200 charitable organizations and schools have received more than $38 million from the foundation.

For more information, please contact Sherri VanTassel, vice president for administrative services at EGCC.

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