Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, recently received a $20,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to benefit students in the manufacturing fields of study.
In presenting the award, the Gene Haas Foundation and owner of Haas Automation, Inc. stated “The Gene Haas Foundation is proud to support ASU-Searcy with a $20,000 grant to be used for scholarships, summer camps, SkillsUSA, and counselor education regarding manufacturing careers. I would like to personally thank Derrick Holobaugh and Joe Petty for their commitment to train students in CNC Machining and Advanced Manufacturing here at ASU-Searcy. We hope that this grant from the Gene Haas Foundation will allow them to further their mission here in Searcy and the surrounding areas. In 2015, the GHF has awarded grants totaling $125,000 to schools in Arkansas to support careers in manufacturing.”
The Computerized Machining Technology at ASU-Searcy instructs in design, prototyping, and the manufacturing of machine parts. SolidWorks and Mastercam software is utilized for designing parts and machines for CNC lathes and mills used in the manufacturing process. Students enrolled in the program receive a certificate of proficiency or technical certification in Computerized Machining Technology to be used toward a degree or for entering the workforce.
In 1999, Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities. Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas Automation is now a billion dollar company. Gene’s commitment to the importance of U.S. manufacturing has incited him to grow his personal foundation and direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing education and grants for scholarships for students entering CNC machinist training have been a key area of focus. Grants are funded that help technical programs that teach these skills grow and expand. To date, more than 1200 charitable (501 C3) organizations and schools have received funds totaling over 27 million dollars from the Gene Haas Foundation. For more information on the Gene Haas Foundation, view the website at .
Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System. With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and Little Rock Air Force Base, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus.