Gene Haas Foundation Donates to Scholarship Fund

haas donation 2019

HOUMA – The Gene Haas Foundation presented Fletcher Technical Community College Foundation with a check for $10,000 on Monday, November 18, 2019, in Houma. This investment will be allocated towards Machine Tool Technology program for student scholarships.

“Fletcher Technical Community College is grateful for the continued support of Haas,” commented Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor. “Our machine tool technology program continues to train individuals on state-of-the-art equipment, preparing them for jobs in our region. It is through the support of partners, like Haas, that Fletcher can continue to improve and expand our program.”

Current and future Fletcher students can apply for the Haas Scholarship, and many others at

Information about Gene Haas Foundation:

In 1999 Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF). Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community. Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas Automation is a now a billion dollar company.

 GHF’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for CNC machine technology students and NIMS credentials. Scholarships can be used for tuition, books, student’s personal NIMS account, cost of individual NIMS credentials and small personal tools the tools students are required by program to purchase.

 Credit or non-credit (certificate) training is eligible for scholarships. Only public schools, 501 c(3) private schools or the manufacturing program’s 501 c(3) foundation may apply.  GHF does not grant funds to individuals or third party organizations to distribute the Gene Haas scholarships. The funds cannot be used for any product Haas automation manufactures or sells.

 Information about Fletcher’s Machine Tool Technology Program:

Machine Tool Technology Program is the study of using machine tools to manufacture products and parts.  The program involves operating machine shop equipment such as manual lathes, milling machines, drill presses, surface grinders, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment.  Students will learn to calculate speeds and feeds; dimensions for layout; and use of precision measuring equipment. Students will also develop a basic understanding of CAD/CAM programming.

 Fletcher’s program provides specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience to prepare students for employment in the following fields: Machinist, Machinist Inspector, Leader Man Positions,

Quality Control, Precision Inspection, CNC Turning and Milling.



Photo caption: Fletcher Technical Community College Foundation receives a $10,000 donation from the Haas Foundation. Pictured left to right: Chandler LeBoeuf, Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Workforce Innovation, Executive Director, Fletcher Foundation; Clint Domangue, Fletcher Machine Tool Instructor; Patrick Kane III, General Manager, Trident Southeast, LLC; Regina Verdin, Ed. D., Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; and Nancy Clement, Interim Executive Dean of Technical Education.