The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded a grant for $15,000 to support the scholarship program at Northwest State Community College and benefit students who are currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, a machining-based training program.
The scholarship, along with a new training model being launched at NSCC this month, will open the doors to education for more students in programs such as Machining CNC Programming, Programmable Controller (PLC), and Industrial Maintenance. The new education model will allow students that cannot come to the college for traditional classes to do much of their work from home via online learning and specially-created software that allows them to practice hands-on training through simulation models.
Students then utilize college lab time that is an open lab with instructors, available all day and into the evening. They work at their own pace, and an instructor will be able to test their knowledge and skill and allow them to move on to the next training module.
“Northwest Ohio is a manufacturing hub, with nearly one in three employed persons in manufacturing. Machining skills are critical to supporting the technological growth and capabilities of those industries,” said Ron Scozzari, dean of industrial technologies. “The Haas Foundation Scholarship has acknowledged, through their generous contribution, the relevancy of machining skills in our region, and has provided this opportunity for our current and future students seeking a rewarding career in this discipline area through our machining skills program. ”
The Gene Haas Foundation was founded in 1999. To date, more than 1200 charitable organizations and schools have received funds totaling over $38 million from the foundation.
For more information on the Industrial Maintenance programs at Northwest State, visit www.NorthwestState.edu/industrial-technologies.