Machining Championship Awards

The Gene Haas Foundation is supporting students by offering a $27,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation for the development of a new SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Program.

The Gene Haas Foundation is supporting students by offering a $27,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation for the development of a new SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Program.

Peter Zierhut, representative, Gene Haas Foundation, says, “We are looking for employees with specific skill sets and very often a rare combination of skill sets. Students competing at the SkillsUSA Championship this summer will be using our advanced manufacturing equipment, will be monitored and judged by engineers, will learn from their peers and meet future employers. The industry needs to spend more time directing young people while they’re still in school where we can make a difference.”

The 48th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, including the Skills
USA Championships, a showcase of career and technical education students, returns to Kansas City, Mo., June 23-27.

The Gene Haas SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award certificates will be presented at the June 27 awards ceremony to 18 national medal winners in the following amounts: gold, $2,000; silver, $1,500; and bronze, $1,000.

The 2012 SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award program will be administered by the SME Education Foundation. Winning medalists will receive a designated amount each year to support continued learning by submitting their application and award certificate to the SME Education Foundation. The Foundation will then send designated award funding directly to the medalists’ respective schools. Contact the Gene Haas Foundation at ghaasfoundation.org.