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Gene Haas Foundation awards scholarship to CNC students

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The Gene Haas Foundation believes in educating people in career and technical education programs, which results in high student achievement and aids in advancing students’ education and a globally competitive workforce. “Highland students are among the most productive, innovative, and dedicated students.” The College recognizes their achievements by providing scholarships to further their education.

The Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) program at Highland Community College is to receive $16,000 for scholarships to students enrolled in the CNC program. Scholarships will be available for $500 to $1,500 per semester, depending on the course the student signs up to study. The student must be enrolled in one or more of the following classes to qualify:

•          CNC Machining

•          CNC Mill

•          CNC Lathe

•          Advanced CNC Machining

“Highland’s CNC program has grown in recent years and area employers continue to seek qualified CNC machinists,” said Aaron Sargent, Industrial Manufacturing Instructor. “We have two certificates and a two-year AAS Degree with an emphasis on CNC machining. This scholarship from the Gene Haas Foundation will provide scholarships for area students and manufacturing employees looking for advancement in the CNC machining field.”

At Highland, students can earn a certificate or degree in Industrial Manufacturing as a CNC Machinist. CNC technology guides the cutting tool on machines such as CNC lathes, CNC mills, CNC grinders, waterjets, and laser-cutters. In general, machinists produce precision parts from a wide variety of materials utilizing these machine tools. Those with the right skills are ready for immediate employment. 

The scholarships will be available for the spring 2022 semester and beyond, and are open to students of all ages and experiences.    

Instructors are fluent in CNC machine setup and processes. Skills in combination with entry-level knowledge of welding, electronics, and automation will prepare students with knowledge for employment in manufacturing facilities utilizing CNC machining or CAD-related work.

For more information on the scholarship visit or email Aaron Sargent at For more on attending Highland Community College or to schedule a tour, visit