Machining Updates

Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship Donation for Precision and CNC Machining Program at Suncoast Technical College- Florida

Congratulations to Suncoast Technical College (STC) on receiving a donation from the Gene Haas Foundation! These funds will be used to create a scholarship at the college’s Precision and CNC Machining Program. STC stated that the scholarship “will be put towards any deserving apprentice who may need financial help to attend our award winning program.”

STC has been offering their Precision and CNC Machining Program for four years. After the completion of this current year, the college will have produced 88 machinists. The program offers day and night courses, and this year added a MasterCam University Certification Course to be offered in the evening. STC has produced 23% of all the NIMS credentials for Florida. STC also hosted the first HTEC CNC Machining Educators Conference in 2016.

“We are very pleased to have chosen the best equipment and educational support from Haas Automation,” a representative from STC stated. “We will continue to help the needs of Florida with more trained and skilled CNC Machinists.”

For more information, please click here to view STC's website, or contact Ed Doherty at

The Gene Haas Foundation also presented a similar scholarship donation to students at the Atlantic Technical Center in 2016. These students planned to continue studying mechanical engineering at prestigious schools, such as MIT. Kevin Finan,the recipient of the 2016 FLATE Secondary Educator Award, is an instructor at Atlantic Technical Center.

South Florida Machinist Apprenticeship Program Graduation

Congratulations to the nine graduates from the South Florida Machinist Apprenticeship Program. This is the 4th graduating class of this program. The South Florida Machinist Apprenticeship Program has had 30 apprentices graduate to date, and there are 25 students currently in the program. The program now includes NIMS Certifications and articulation agreements with Broward College for all graduates.

If you are interested in finding out more about the South Florida Machinist Apprenticeship Program, please click here to view their website or call Dennis Battistella, Program Coordinator, at (954) 292-0040.

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