Haas Foundation funds scholarships at RCBI

Aug. 15, 2017

The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded $15,000 in scholarship opportunities to the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) to support individuals pursuing careers in manufacturing and National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS) credentialing at RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in West Virginia.

“Providing scholarship opportunities for individuals and the ability to earn national credentials like NIMS is the driving force behind the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Toni Neary, Director of Education, Haas Factory Outlet Midwest. “We are so proud to offer these funds to individuals at RCBI – especially aware of the work they are doing to engage the next generation, and specifically more females into career pathways in manufacturing. This grant award is the true spirit of the Haas commitment to education.” 

RCBI’s Machinist Technology/CNC Program as well as its Step Up for Women Pre-Apprenticeship Program offers rigorous, hands-on instruction that prepares individuals for immediate employment and professional advancement. The RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program was the first in the nation to couple individual credentials/certifications with the ability to earn a career-enhancing associate degree.

Accredited by NIMS – an organization recognized as having the highest industry standards – the specialized training at RCBI prepares students to earn individual NIMS certifications, which are recognized nationally. Programs range from boot camps and 10-week training courses to two-year associate degree opportunities.

“We’re proud to play a pivotal role in working to meet the workforce needs of manufacturers as well as promote a pool of technically skilled individuals in West Virginia,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “More than 90 percent of our Machinist Technology/CNC graduates find employment in their chosen field. Haas has been a valuable, long-term partner of RCBI, providing state-of-the-art machine tools for instructional use in our Machinist Technology/CNC Program. This new Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship only reinforces what we already know: Haas is committed to education and the advancement of American manufacturing.”

Gene Haas established the Foundation in 1999. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of his local community. Haas is the owner of 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.