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WCHS receives first Haas grant worth $10,000
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Warren County High School has received its first grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. It provides millions of dollars every year to help manufacturing education. Receiving $10,000 was the school’s Machine Tool Technology Class. Pictured, from left, are Daniella Becerril, CTE director Tracy Risinger, Gerardo Santiago, Briley Green, Emily Malone, Zack Parson, Kade Thomas, Kevin Navarrete, Bryson Elrod, Cooper Tittsworth and instructor Duane Dishman. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Students in Warren County High School’s Machine Tool Technology class received a financial boost of $10,000. 

“What I like about this grant is that it can only be spent on the students,” said Machine Tool Technology instructor Duane Dishman. “We received $10,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation, a first for the high school. We hope it will not be the last.” 

The Gene Haas Foundation was established in 1999. 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 encouraged 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.

A first comes with a dilemma on how best to spend the grant. 

“We haven’t decided how to spend it yet,” said Dishman. “It can only be used on the students. I’m thinking tools that they can use in class and take with them when they graduate would be an incentive. We have two years to spend it. I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to assist these students financially during that time.”

The check presentation was made at WCHS on Tuesday.