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COA awarded $3k grant from the Gene Haas Foundation

College of The Albemarle (COA) has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for a second year.

Gene Haas, the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., one of the country’s largest machine tool manufacturers, started the foundation in 1999 to fund local community needs.

Thomas D. Chambers, COA’s program coordinator/instructor, computer integrated machining, who applied for the grant, stated, “The funds will provide partial scholarships for a number of qualifying students who enroll in the machining program for the 2018-19 academic year.”

The grant will be separated into $1,000 scholarships. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full-time and working towards completing a computer integrated machining diploma.

Qwatrail Weeks, a COA student who received scholarship assistance from the first Gene Haas Foundation grant awarded to COA, stated, “I am excited for the opportunity to learn new skills related to a trade and find a new career as a machinist.”

The machining program runs for one year, starting in the fall semester and runs through the summer. For more information about the computer integrated machining program, call 252-453-3035 ext. 8112.

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