LOUISVILLE, KY – Sullivan College of Technology and Design (SCTD) recently celebrated the Grand Opening of its new machine lab, making it the latest Haas Technical Educational Center (HTEC) operating in the state of Kentucky. The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology wing of the college features two state-of-the-art Haas CNC Machine Tools and was created by repurposing four smaller classrooms into one large, functional center.
To celebrate the new addition, HFO/Midwest partnered with SCTD to host a Grand Opening open-house during the same week as SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, which was held at the nearby Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Over 100 local manufacturers, educational instructors, students and their parents attended the event where they were treated to live cutting demonstrations on Haas CNC machines, a tour of the college, and an opportunity to network with local suppliers of tooling, accessories and software.
“We’re excited to play such a significant role in SCTD’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology machine lab,” states Dave Tucker, President of HFO/Midwest. “We recognize the pain point that many of our customers share in looking for skilled operators to run their Haas CNC machines and are happy to support programs like the one at SCTD, which will go a long way toward filling the skills gap in support of Kentucky’s growth in manufacturing.”
The new space at SCTD has an open floor plan allowing students to complete their hands-on labs, as well as two classrooms to engage in heavy content curriculum. Equipment in place within the lab includes; a Haas TM-1P CNC toolroom mill with automatic tool changer, a Haas TL-2 CNC toolroom lathe, a knee mill, an engine lathe and several Haas CNC simulators.
“All of us at Sullivan College of Technology and Design are very excited to be opening our new Advanced Manufacturing Technology machine lab to support local manufacturers,” stated Chris Ernst, Executive Director SCTD. “The support from our local Haas Factory Outlet, as well as the Haas Technical Education Center network have enabled us to get up and running quicker than we could have on our own.”
According to Toni Neary, Educational Director for the local Haas Factory Outlet, “The mission of the Haas Technical Education Center network is to promote and advance manufacturing and productivity through excellence in manufacturing education. Our vision is to collectively develop and disseminate the best educational materials and techniques available for advanced manufacturing education.”
Sullivan College of Technology and Design has set the standard for career-focused education for more than 50 years by preparing students for real, relevant careers. Programs range from a certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree level.
For more information about Haas CNC machines tools, contact HFO/Midwest by visiting www.hfomidwest.com, or calling 800-833-0246. For more information about Sullivan College of Technology and Design visit www.sctd.edu or call 502-456-6509.
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Management of Sullivan College of Technology and Design and Haas Factory Outlet – A Division of Midwest Manufacturing Resources at Grand Opening Celebration (Left to Right); Phil Haming (HFO KY Sales), Vincent Tinebra (Academic Dean SCTD), Glenn Sullivan (President Sullivan University), Dave Tucker (President HFO Mid-West), Terry McCleese (CNC Instructor SCTD), Chris Ernst (Executive Director SCTD)