November 29, 2023
Bevill State Community College is excited to announce a contribution of $40,000 for scholarships and student competition from the Gene Haas Foundation. The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to students interested in the Machine Tool Technology program on the Jasper ($20,000) and Hamilton ($20,000) campuses of Bevill State. A portion of the grant funds may be used towards sponsorship of a competition, such as SkillsUSA, highlighting the Machine Tool programs.
“Bevill State appreciates the continued support of the Gene Haas Foundation. This organization’s funding for our Machine Tool programs will serve to help meet the current manufacturing workforce demands in our state. The Gene Haas Foundation recognizes the need for state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing training programs to ensure that graduating students have the necessary skills when entering the workforce. They also understand the necessity to recruit more individuals into these manufacturing career pathways,” stated Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College.
The Gene Haas Foundation was established in 1999, by Gene Haas, founder and owner of Haas Automation, Inc., to support the needs of the local community, through grants to such local charities as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Food Share, Rescue Mission, and others.
Seeing a growing need for skilled manufacturing employees industry-wide, the Foundation expanded its mission to include support for manufacturing training programs throughout North America and beyond. By providing scholarship grants, sponsoring individual and team CNC competitions, and partnering with the very best CNC training programs in the world, the Foundation helps expand the availability of high-quality manufacturing technology training worldwide.
The Gene Haas Foundation donates millions of dollars every year to manufacturing education and the community. In 2022, the Gene Haas Foundation provided more than $27 million in grants, bringing the total since inception to more than $175 million. For more information about the Gene Haas Foundation visit ghaasfoundation.org.
About Bevill State Community College (BSCC):
Bevill State Community College is a public, two-year, "open door" institution, committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services for people in West Central Alabama and beyond. Bevill State is a member of the Alabama Community College System. Bevill State's four main campuses, and one instructional site, offer university parallel and applied technology educational opportunities to over one-quarter million people in a seven-county area. This service area spans over 4,600 square miles, from the Birmingham city limits to the Mississippi state line.