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TCAT gets $12K grant
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Dalton Ashmore started at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in June. He’s taking the school’s Machine Tool Technology course. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Tennessee College of Applied Technology has received a $12,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation.

“If my memory is right, this will put me at $82,000,” said TCAT Machine Tool Technology instructor Randy England, of the total amount obtained in grant money. “I’m fortunate to be able to write these grants. Every penny goes to help my students.”

A basic set of tools for a Machine Tool Technology student is $925.

“Thanks to grants from the foundation, I can help students buy those,” said England. “That helps them tremendously. Not all students receive financial aid. Some pay as they go and need help to do it.”

Machine Tool Technology prepares students for jobs as machinists, machine setup operators, and CNC operators. 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. Haas is the owner of Haas Automation Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983.

England can use the money to pay for anything a student needs including books, supplies and online testing.

“I appreciate the support we receive from the Gene Haas Foundation,” said England. 

TCAT is located at 241 Vo Tech Drive and can be reached at 473-5587.