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TCAT receives $10,000 grant
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Machine Tool Technology student James McCullen is shown running a milling machine at TCAT. The program has received $50,000 in grants in four years from the Gene Haas Foundation. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Tennessee College of Applied Technology has received a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation.

“This is my fourth grant in four years for a total of $50,000,” said TCAT instructor Randy England. “I’m fortunate to be able to write these grants. Every penny goes to help my students. I have two students right now who need tools, and just a basic set is $925. Thanks to grants from the foundation, I can buy those for them. That helps them tremendously. Not all students receive financial aid. Some pay as they go and need help to do it.”

England, instructor of the college’s Machine Tool Technology program, 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.

TCAT president Dr. Warren Laux expressed his gratitude for England’s dedication to helping TCAT students achieve their dreams.

“Every teacher at TCAT wants their students to succeed,” said Laux. “They work to help them achieve their dreams. England is one of those teachers who sees a need and goes above and beyond in order to fill that need.”

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