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Gene HAAS Scholarship

Gene HAAS Scholarship

Gene HAAS Scholarship

Pictured (left to right): Mandy Barrett, administrative assistant for SWCC’s Business, Engineering, and Industrial Technology Division (BEIT); Steven Olinger, instructor of machining/CNC and industrial safety; Jay Garber, Sales Engineer, Phillips Commercial ; and, Dr. Tommy Wright, president of SWCC.

Southwest Virginia Community College was recently presented a check in the amount of $15,000 for the Gene HAAS Scholarship.  The Gene HAAS Scholarship is given to students currently enrolled in or will be enrolling in a machining-based training program at SWCC such as the Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate.    This is the second time that SWCC has received this prestigious scholarship.

“This scholarship will help students further their educational goals by providing tuition,” said Steven Olinger, instructor of machining/CNC and industrial safety.

“ Southwest Virginia Community College is grateful to the Gene Hass Foundation for the scholarship opportunity,” said Mandy Barrett, administrative assistant for SWCC’s Business, Engineering, and Industrial Technology Division (BEIT).

Students in the Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate have the opportunity to earn National Institute for Metalwork Skills, First Aid/CPR/AED, and OSHA 10 credentials.  The Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate can be completed in one year and contains courses such as:  Machine Shop Practices, Blueprint Reading, Introduction to CAM, and Numerical Controls.

For additional information on the Precision Machining Career Studies Certificate, contact the Business, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division at Southwest Virginia Community College by calling 276.964.7277, by emailing beit@sw.edu, or visiting https://sw.edu/beit