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College of Applied Technology gets $17,500 grant
Tennessee College of Applied Technologys Machine Tool Technology program has been awarded a $17,500 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. Pictured, from left, are Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor James King, student David Skyles, Haas sales engineer Ken Potts, Warren County High School Career and Technical Educational Department director Tracy Risinger, IDB director Don Alexander, England, student Daniel Bratcher, and TCAT director Dr. Warren Laux.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology has received a $17,500 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation.
“This grant will help us and grants are difficult to come by,” said TCAT instructor Randy England, who applied for the grant. “I really appreciate it. When you apply for a grant, you never know what you’ll get. I applied last year and received $10,000. Today, I received $17,500. That’s a combined $27,500 for the Machine Tool Technology program here at TCAT in two years.”
The grant is to support scholarships. These scholarships are to be given to students currently enrolled in or will be enrolling in a machining-based training program at the college level.
England, instructor of the college’s Machine Tool Technology program, prepares students for jobs as machinist, machine setup operator, and CNC operator. The course is designed to give the student experience on a variety of machine tools similar to those on which he/ she will work after graduation, including computerized numerical controlled machines. Instruction is given in related blueprint reading, mathematics, precision measuring, and basic metallurgy.
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.
Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. His commitment to the importance of U.S. manufacturing incited him to grow his personal foundation and direct its foundation board to focus on manufacturing education and grants for scholarships for students entering CNC machinist training.
To date, more than 1,200 charitable organizations and schools have received funds totaling over $27 million from the Gene Haas Foundation.
The check presentation was made Tuesday at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McMinnville.