National foundation funds manufacturing education in W.Va.

Oct. 9, 2018

A national foundation will visit southern West Virginia to present the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) with a significant award to support manufacturing education.

The presentation is Thursday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. on the Williamson campus (1601 Armory Drive) of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

RCBI is receiving a $16,000 award from the Gene Haas Foundation.

The award will support scholarships for machinist students at RCBI Manufacturing Training Centers in Huntington, Bridgeport, Williamson and Welch. The Williamson and Welch programs are offered in partnership with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

This is the second award RCBI has received from the Gene Haas Foundation. The first award is funding scholarships for students currently enrolled in the RCBI Machinist Technology/CNC Program.

Gene Haas is the founder of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation in 1999 to fund the needs of his local community. The foundation now supports manufacturing education across the country.