The Gene Haas Foundation presented Danville Community College (DCC) and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) with two checks totaling $45,000. The donations will be used to provide student scholarships to future students enrolled in the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining program.

“The commitment of the Gene Haas Foundation to continue to support this program and the financial needs of students is appreciated. This helps eliminate barriers and ensure our region is producing a highly skilled workforce, which is essential to our region’s economic development efforts,” said IALR Executive Director Jerry Gwaltney.

Joshua Luffman, a 2012 Tunstall High School and DCC graduate was one of several students to receive a scholarship in 2015 and will be completing the program in April 2016. “I am very grateful and feel fortunate to have received the Gene Haas/IALR Foundation Scholarship. My ability to return to school was made possible by the generosity of the Foundation. I appreciate the opportunity to further my education and will work diligently to be successful in the industry. I am encouraged by the many opportunities precision machining has to offer.”

“We are grateful for the continued investment of the Haas Foundation in our students and workforce,” said DCC President Bruce Scism. “Their generous support ensures that workers will be able to take part in leading-edge training programs and prepare for highly skilled, in-demand careers, regardless of their economic situation.”

About the Gene Haas Foundation

The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition, GHF provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining based skills.