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Gene Haas Representatives present check to Executive Dean, Rich Hoerth, President Michael Lanser, staff and CNC students
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College students have a lot for which to thank the Gene Haas Foundation. On May 9, 2016, Haas Foundation representatives presented a $20,000 check to the LTC Foundation in support of scholarships for students enrolled in the Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) technician program.
“This is a terrific investment by the Haas Foundation in the students and in our CNC program,” said Rich Hoerth, Executive Dean of Manufacturing. “It is also an investment in the employers who use Haas equipment and want to hire well-trained and educated employees.”
The gift will be used to fund scholarships for students demonstrating financial need and enrolled full-time in the second year of the CNC Technician Program at LTC. This second year of the program is where much of the student training takes place in programming and operations on Haas simulators and CNC turning and machining centers.
Tim Turner and Bill Dymond of Haas Factory Outlet presented the check in front of a group of current CNC Technician program students and staff gathered at the KOHLER Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the LTC campus in Cleveland. “Everybody in manufacturing is looking for skilled CNC machinists,” said Turner, Haas Sales Engineer. “Training machinists here at LTC will give them a great start in the CNC field.”
In 2014, the LTC Foundation completed its first capital campaign to support renovations to the college’s two manufacturing facilities adding capacity for up to an additional 50 students annually to help meet local demand for manufacturing workers. The KOHLER Center for Manufacturing Excellence allows the college to train a larger and more skilled workforce to accommodate community workforce growth.
“I can’t thank Bill, Tim and Haas enough for their partnership,” said LTC President Michael Lanser. We have great instructors, great students and it is great partners like Haas who are dedicated to education that help ensure our students are successful in developing their careers. Together, we make a difference in workforce development in manufacturing.”
About the Gene Haas Foundation
In 1999 Gene 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. To date, more than 1200 charitable organizations and schools have received funds totally over 27 million dollars from GHF
Today, Haas still remains a primary supporter of the community where his 1 million square foot manufacturing facility is located in Oxnard, CA.
For more information visit www.ghaasfoundation.org
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 11,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.