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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – August 30, 2016 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that The Gene Haas Foundation donated $15,000 to the College as a grant to support student scholarships. The scholarships are to be given to qualifying students enrolled in a machining-based training program at the college level.

Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community. Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas Automation is a now a billion dollar company, and this extraordinary growth has all come in an era when Americans were being told that the United States does not manufacture anything anymore. A recent report, “The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond” projects that “Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.” 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 in the form of scholarships for CNC machinist training. For additional information, please contact Kathy Looman at 805-988-6979.

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