Haas Foundation Invests in Machine Tool Tech Programs

South Louisiana Community College's Machine Tool Technology program was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to provide scholarships to students pursuing CNC machinist training. 

Haas Automation, founded in 1983 by Gene Haas, is the leading builder of CNC machine tools in the United States. CNC, or Computer Numerical Control, machines are automation tools used in manufacturing plants.Haas Foundation Donation Photo

“This grant for scholarships helps our students get the hands-on training they need for a high-wage, high-demand career in Machine Tool Technology,” said Sam Harb, dean of SLCC’s Business, Information Technology, and Workforce Division. “We thank the Haas Foundation for this investment.”

SLCC offers Machine Tool Technology training on its Crowley, Lafayette, and New Iberia campuses. Classes on the Crowley and New Iberia campuses begin in August and are filling quickly. Classes on the Lafayette campus will begin in January.  

“Anyone who is interested in becoming a machinist should contact us now to secure a spot in class this Fall,” said Harb.

Students learn to manufacture products and parts in this program. They also learn to operate machine shop equipment such as manual lathes, milling machines, drill presses, surface grinders, and Computer Numerical Control equipment. The median wage for machinists is about $41,000 annually.



South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. The college serves more than 13,000 students annually and offers an array of academic programs. Students earn associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and industry-based certifications. It is ranked 14th among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers as determined by Community College Week.