February 2, 2021 (Middletown, Conn.) — Middlesex Community College (MxCC) has received $12,500 in grant funding from the Gene Haas Foundation. The scholarships, managed by MxCC Foundation, are based on merit and will be awarded to precision manufacturing students to cover tuition, books and supplies that students are required to provide, such as personal tooling.
“Manufacturing continues to thrive and grow in Connecticut. Scholarships provided by companies like Gene Haas make accessing this educational opportunity available for any student interested in being a part of the industry,” said Tracy Ariel, director of the precision manufacturing program at MxCC.
Precision manufacturing certification equips students with the necessary hands-on experience and foundational knowledge to qualify for entry-level positions as machine operators and quality control inspectors. In this program, students are taught both conventional machining techniques and computer numerical control (CNC) machining techniques. Students who complete the program earn nationally recognized credentials and a 36-credit certificate that can be applied toward an associate degree in Technology Studies-Industrial Technology Option.
Middlesex student Elizabeth Moag, a manufacturing machine technology major from Berlin, Conn., who earned one of the Haas scholarships last year, is pursuing a career in manufacturing while helping to break barriers for women in the manufacturing and engineering field. “I want to show that women are intelligent and strategic and have what it takes to succeed in the manufacturing world,” said Moag.
Learn more about MxCC manufacturing programs here or call 860-512-2635.
Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 70 degree or certificate programs at the 35-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden and online. MxCC also offers college-level manufacturing classes at Vinal Technical High School (Middletown) and H.C. Wilcox Technical High School (Meriden).
The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 with the primary goal of building skills in the machining industry. The foundation provides an opportunity for schools to apply for funds annually, providing scholarships for computer numerical control (CNC) machine technology students and National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials. The Gene Haas Foundation has contributed over $60 million since 2014 supporting education throughout the world.