Industrial Technology department awarded 10k grant from Gene Haas Foundation

(L-R) Carey Beevers, Haas Specialist from Haas Factory Outlet in Little Rock, Larry B. Cooper, chairman of the UAPB Foundation Fund Board, Felecia Webb, ITMAE instructor, UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, Dr. Charles Colen, chair of the ITMAE department, and Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Development James B. Tyson, CFRE

(L-R) Carey Beevers, Haas Specialist from Haas Factory Outlet in Little Rock, Larry B. Cooper, chairman of the UAPB Foundation Fund Board, Felecia Webb, ITMAE instructor, UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, Dr. Charles Colen, chair of the ITMAE department, and Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Development James B. Tyson, CFRE

The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to support scholarships, projects and competition to enhance the manufacturing program within the Department of Industrial Technology Management & Applied Engineering (ITMAE) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The scholarship dollars will be given to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale who are currently enrolled in or will be enrolling in a machining- based course within the Department to obtain textbooks and project supplies starting the Spring 2016 semester.

“The gift is an acknowledgment to the reputation of ITMAE,” said Felicia Webb, an instructor in the department. “The fund will support our projects and help students build and sharpen skills.”

We are grateful to the Gene Haas Foundation for their visionary leadership and willingness to be our partners in progress,” said ITMAE Chairperson Dr. Charles R. Colen, Jr. “Grant funding provides endless possibilities and opportunities for our students to become accomplished professionals in their field.”

Founded by Gene Haas in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded more than $22 million to deserving charities and educational institutions. The foundation was formed to fund the needs of the local community, and to support manufacturing education. The foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs, as well as supports youth programs that inspire young people to consider manufacturing careers. Additionally, in 2014, the Gene Haas Foundation has leveraged more than $1.5 million in grants for veterans training. For more information, visit www.ghaasfoundation.org.

 

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