Haas Foundation funding $20,000 in Scholarships forSCC Computer Integrated Machining Students

 The South Central College Campus Foundations in Faribault and North Mankato have each received $10,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation. The funds are earmarked for scholarships for new Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) students on each campus.

With the scholarship support from the Gene Haas Foundation, the SCC Foundations will award scholarships to CIM students starting the program by taking their core advanced manufacturing courses this summer or fall. These core courses will prepare students to take the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician assessments resulting in a nationally-recognized industry credential.

Summer semester begins June 8, and the deadline to apply for Advanced Manufacturing scholarships is May 22. Applications are available online at www.southcentral.edu/scholarships or by visiting with an SCC advisor at either campus.

Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) is critical to the precision manufacturing process, utilizing analytics and automation to take a production idea from design to development to finished product. In today’s advanced manufacturing environment, trained machinists are in high demand by companies across the region. South Central College continues to work with employers to provide the employees they need, while providing opportunities to students in this field.

“We are fortunate to live in a region where education has always been important, but the commitment of our industry to the scholarship program is another great example of the support that exists for our region’s future talent,” said Matt Mangulis of Productivity, Inc.  Productivity, Inc. is a Haas Factory Outlet and distributor for Haas Automation, Inc., a worldwide supplier of CNC machine tools and the largest machine tool builder in the United States.

South Central College has been providing advanced manufacturing education in South Central Minnesota since 1946. The college’s CIM program enables students to work with both manual and high-speed multi-access machining, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Computer Aided Machining (CAM), Computer Numeric Control (CNC), concept engineering, lathe turning, milling and grinding. 

“The Gene Haas Foundation generously supports educational institutions to provide assistance and training to future machinists and engineers,” said Mangulis.  “By supporting students, the Haas Foundation facilitates workforce development and growth in manufacturing.”  Mangulis recently joined the SCC North Mankato Campus Foundation Board of Directors.


About the Gene Haas Foundation

The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its benefactor, Mr. Gene Haas. Gene is the Founder and President of Haas Automation – Oxnard, California. Since 2001 the Gene Haas Foundation has generously supported more than 800 local, regional and national non-profit organizations. Of special importance to the Gene Haas Foundation are children’s charities and organizations that feed the poor, especially within the local community of Ventura County. In addition, the Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funds to Community Colleges and Vocational Schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs in partnership with the SME Education Foundation.  For more information, visit www.ghaasfoundation.org 

About the South Central College Foundations

The Foundations support SCC and its students on their respective campuses.  Governed by local boards of directors, including SCC alumni, the SCC Foundations in Faribault and North Mankato provide scholarship support for students as well as funding for equipment to meet program needs.


About South Central College

South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of Certificate and Associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables learners to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. For more information, visit www.southcentral.edu.