Gene Haas Foundation Donates $20,000 in Scholarship Funds for MCC Precision Manufacturing Students

Manchester, Conn. (April 17, 2017) – Manchester Community College manufacturing students could be eligible for scholarships thanks to $20,000 in grant funding from the Gene Haas Foundation. MCC students participating in the Precision Manufacturing Certificate program can apply for funding under this grant based on financial hardship, or if they are unemployed or underemployed.

David Russell, MCC’s manufacturing program director, is pleased that the scholarship funding can offer additional opportunities to students. “This generous donation from the Haas foundation opens doors for select students entering this exciting career field,” he said.

Currently the program’s manufacturing students use Haas machines in the classroom on a daily basis. The computer numerical control (CNC) lab exclusively uses Haas equipment (mini mills and lathes) and the manufacturing classroom is filled with 18 Haas CNC simulators. The use of Haas quality equipment has a direct impact on the students’ ability to be hired after they have completed the program. Currently, MCC’s precision manufacturing students have a 90-percent hire rate after completing the program.

The non-credit precision manufacturing certificate requires a 24-week course. In addition to the certification, the program includes the potential for students to earn up to 38 credits that may be applied towards an associate degree in machine technology. If a student chooses to transfer, these credits may apply to a bachelor of science in technology management at Central Connecticut State University.

MCC holds periodic Advanced Manufacturing information sessions for interested students. Learn more at, or call 860-512-2635.

About the Gene Haas Foundation – The Gene Haas Foundation is a private foundation committed to manufacturing education. One of the foundation’s goals is to introduce students nationally to careers in machine technology and manufacturing by sponsoring educational events, programs and competitions that provide these opportunities.