Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering class at local BOCES receives $10,000 donation

Posted 23 May 2019 at 7:57 am

Photo courtesy of Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center received a $10,000 donation from the Gene Haas Foundation.

Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools.  Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. Haas gives out several scholarships a year that can be utilized for tuition, books, NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Accredited Program dues and small personal tools for students.

Jeff Brauer, an engineer at NYMAT Machine Tool Corporation in Fairport, delivered the check to the class. NYMAT is a distributor of Haas equipment

“I am so grateful for this donation,” said Bill Rakonczay, the class’s teacher. “It will help my students as they move forward with their careers by providing them with additional resources.”

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