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Nash Community College names manufacturing center for Gene Haas

Posted on May 8, 2021

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The newly named Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing is shown on Nash Community College’s Rocky Mount campus.

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The newly named Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing is shown on Nash Community College’s Rocky Mount campus.

ROCKY MOUNT — Nash Community College’s advanced manufacturing facility has been named the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

The 16,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2018, is used as an academic and training space for students and is home to the college’s electrical systems technology, computer-integrated machining, electronics engineering technology and robotics programs.

The Gene Haas Foundation provided a $250,000 naming rights gift that will be used to support the advanced manufacturing program. The perpetual naming rights award will fund classroom technology and supportive information technology.

“Nash Community College is very proud to be a leader in advanced manufacturing training preparing employable students to be successful in local careers,” NCC President Lew Hunnicutt said. “We are fortunate to have the continued endorsement and support of the Haas Foundation that has strengthened our program for many years. It speaks to the reputation and superior level of instruction we provide.”

In 2014, the Gene Haas Foundation established a new partnership with dynamic computer numerical control training programs around the world to provide the opportunity for qualifying schools to become Gene Haas centers. Candidate schools are chosen based on a variety of factors including leadership within the technical education community, providing the maximum opportunities to many students and companies in their region and beyond.

“It has been such a pleasure working with the team at Nash Community College on their new Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing,” said Kathy Looman, director of education for the Gene Haas Foundation. “I have held the CNC training program at Nash Community College in very high regard for many years. The instructors are not only highly skilled, but they are also willing to share their knowledge and expertise to expand their impact far beyond North Carolina.”

Alex Barnhill, NCC department chair of applied engineering technologies, currently serves as the Haas Technical Education Center Network national president, and Professor George Shook serves on the National HTEC Council. Both faculty members are also members of the North Carolina Association of Instructors in Machine Shop, one of the oldest and most active manufacturing instructor associations.

Gene Haas, owner of CNC machine tool company Haas Automation Inc., established the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999. 

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