AKRON, OH – Chris Tsiros, Sales Engineer at Ohio’s Haas Factory Outlet – A Division of Midwest Manufacturing Resources, along with Sales Manager Scott Opel, presented Garfield High School a $17,500 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. The grant will go towards scholarships for students, Jermaine Myers, Jacob Milano, and John Yang, each of whom is enrolled in the school’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) program. Accepting the grant along with the students were; Phil Mitchell – Machining Instructor, Barbara Williams – Director – Career Ed Works – Akron Public Schools and Frank Kalain – Principal – Akron Garfield High School.
Instructor, Phil Mitchell is a graduate of the program and is committed to teaching his students work ethic, teamwork and of course, machining skills. Here students gain hands on experience machining precision parts they’ve designed in CAD, on Haas CNC machine tools, including a Haas Super Mini Mill vertical machining center. Mitchell works with students to help build confidence and is excited the GHF grant will provide financial support to students that may not have had the funds necessary to attend college. A portion of the grant will also go toward funding NIMS credentials for all three students.
The Gene Foundation was created in 1999 by Gene Haas, Founder and President of Haas Automation, Inc. and reflects Haas’ commitment to the manufacturing industry in the USA and manufacturing education. This year alone the Gene Haas Foundation has granted over $9 million dollars to manufacturing education in the form of scholarships, inspiring young people to explore manufacturing as a career.
Gene Haas, who was born in Ohio, is the founder and owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading manufacturer of CNC machine tools. Haas started his company in 1983, which today has grown to become a billion dollar revenue generating company that designs, engineers and builds some of the industry’s most popular machining centers and turning centers. All Haas CNC machine tools and rotary products are manufactured within the one-million-square-foot facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs).