MAY 11, 2016

GTCC Machining Department Chair Derek Seeke was presented with a $20,000 check from the Gene Haas Foundation in support of student scholarships.

Kathy Looman, Gene Haas Foundation administrator, presents Derek Seeke, GTCC Machining Department Chair, with a $20,000 check from the Gene Haas Foundation in support of student scholarships. Also pictured: Steve Price (far left) and Tripp Robinson (far right), sales reps for Jeffreys Manufacturing, a Haas sales/repair supplier.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College’s Computer Integrated Machining department has received a $20,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to support student scholarships.

The scholarships will be awarded to students who are currently enrolled in or will be enrolling in a machining-based training program at GTCC. In addition, the grant will be used to fund students’ cost of third party credentials, such as the National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS), and to compete in SkillsUSA competitions.

Gene Haas established the nonprofit Gene Haas Foundation ( to support a variety of educational programs, including the technical and engineering fields at institutions worldwide. He is the founder of Haas Automation, Inc. (, America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. GTCC has 16 various Haas CNC machines used for hands-on student instruction.

The Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) curriculum at GTCC prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product.

Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical and renewable energy. A diploma and several certificate options are also available. For more information, visit

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at