The Palm Beach State College Foundation has been given $20,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation for scholarships that will go to students in the college’s Machining Technology Program.
“Machining is at the core of manufacturing, which is vital to the economy,” said Richard Reeder, PBSC associate dean of trade and industry. “If you look at any manufactured item, a machinist probably had his or her hand in it somewhere.”
PBSC’s Machining Technology Program is a 1,500-hour program accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. The college awards students who complete the program with a Post Secondary Adult Vocational Training Certificate. Opportunities for those with the certificate include manufacturing industry careers as machine tool operators, precision machinists, tool and die makers, CNC operators and programmers, and quality control inspectors.
Founded by Gene Haas, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million to deserving charities since 1999. It has expanded to provide scholarships for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs. For more information, visit www.ghaasfoundation.org.
ABOVE: Richard Reeder, George Gentile, Patricia V. Richie, Lynnmarie Gomes Highsmith and Gus Lozana at the check presentation.