COD Manufacturing Technology Program Awarded $20,000 Grant
By Mike McKissack
The Manufacturing Technology program at College of DuPage received a $20,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to be used to cover the tuition and fee costs of qualifying manufacturing technology program students.
Click here to see photos of the Haas Foundation Grant check passing in COD’s state-of-the-art manufacturing lab.
“We were ecstatic to hear the news of the award for College of DuPage,” said Vice President of the Haas Factory Outlet in Elk Grove Jeff Holtzapple. “COD’s Manufacturing Technology program is second-to-none because of their state-of-the-art facility and the steadfast dedication of the College’s faculty and administration.”
According to COD Manufacturing program Coordinator Jim Filipek, the grant demonstrates the Haas Foundation’s commitment to promoting manufacturing education as well as the need for qualified workers in the U.S. manufacturing industry.
“We are thrilled to receive this award,” said Filipek. “Haas has always been willing to support and further manufacturing education. As a member of the manufacturing technology program advisory board, Haas supports all manufacturing events and outreach at COD, as well as at colleges and universities nationwide that further manufacturing education. This grant makes clear their support of U.S. manufacturing and commitment to the great need for qualified workers in this field.”
The Haas Grant is designed to further manufacturing education, promote increased awareness of the need for skilled workers and the availability of good jobs in the manufacturing industry. A small percentage of the grant received by COD will go to area high schools that offer dual credit manufacturing programs.
The Manufacturing Technology program at College of DuPage provides hands-on cutting-edge training in a wide variety of skill areas of product manufacturing and services and offers degrees and certificates in automated manufacturing systems, drafting and design, manufacturing technology, and manufacturing engineering technology. The College’s state-of-the-art manufacturing lab features 11 CNC machines, nine of which were manufactured by Haas, including the only 5-axis CNC machine of any community college in northern Illinois.
Click here for more information on the Manufacturing Technology program at College of DuPage.
Founded in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than $40 million to more than 1,500 schools and 501 C3 organizations. Since founding Haas Automation in 1983, Hass’ commitment to promoting U.S. manufacturing has resulted in his support for manufacturing education nationwide, including through scholarships for CNC machinist training. The largest machine tool builder in the western world, Haas Automation manufactures a complete line of CNC vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes and rotary products. The company also builds a variety of specialty machines, including 5-axis machining centers, mold making machining centers, tool room machines, and gantry routers.
College of DuPage is an accredited community college that serves more than 29,000 students each term. The College, which grants nine associate degrees and more than 170 certificates in 100 areas of study, is the second largest provider of public undergraduate education in Illinois.
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