Gene Haas Foundation Awards Grant to GateWay Community College to Expand Scholarship Opportunities

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
All five Gene Haas scholarship award winners for the Spring of 2023

GateWay Community College's Central City campus has been awarded a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for its CNC Machining program. The grant will provide financial aid to students to help with their educational expenses.

The Gene Haas Foundation has a long history of supporting communities, charities, and students, and their latest partnership with GateWay Community College is no different. By providing scholarship grants and partnering with the very best CNC training programs in the world, the Gene Haas Foundation has helped expand the availability of high-quality manufacturing technology training worldwide.

"This scholarship means that I have one less thing to worry about. It's pushing me to go even further and has given me a newfound belief that someone is always there to help," said scholarship recipient Kenny Marshall.

Five outstanding students were awarded $500 scholarships to be used for tuition, books, or supplies they must purchase, such as personal tooling.

“GateWay Community College's trade and technical programs are designed to be cost-effective without compromising the quality of education. We take pride in offering hands-on training and industry-relevant curriculum that prepares our students for successful careers,” said Dave Fisher, Dean of Business, Technology, and Trades. “With the support of the Gene Haas Foundation, we can continue to provide students with access to the latest technology and equipment, making GateWay a premier college in the state for technical education."

GateWay’s machining program provides students with the hands-on training and experience necessary to quickly enter the workforce as qualified machinists. The program equips students with the technical knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in the growing field and secure a promising career in the manufacturing industry. By offering comprehensive curriculum and industry-standard equipment, GateWay is preparing the next generation of machinists to meet the needs of the industry and help fill the growing skills gap.

“In this program, we have students that have worked on machines for 10-15 years, and we have students that are straight out of high school,” said scholarship recipient Waldo Garcia. “ It’s not elitist, it’s accessible. If you make a mistake, you get another piece and try again.”

This isn't the first time the Precision Machining program at GateWay Community College has been recognized by the Gene Haas Foundation. The Foundation has been providing scholarship grants and partnering with CNC training programs worldwide to expand the availability of high-quality manufacturing technology training.

For more information on the program, students can visit or call (602) 238-4350 for enrollment services.