Paul Krainer, owner and president of Thomas Skinner, presents the Gene Haas Foundation $25,000 US donation cheque to Trevor Williams, dean, School of Energy, and Marte Arreola, chief instructor, machinist programs.Click image to enlarge

The Gene Haas Foundation has donated US $25,000 in scholarship funding to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Paul Krainer, onwer and president of Thomas Skinner and a Haas Factory Outlet, presented the scholarship.

 The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition, the Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining-based skills.

BCIT is one of the largest post secondary institutions in British Columbia and Canada’s leading polytechnic institute, with more than 48,000 full and part-time students pursuing a variety of polytechnic degrees, diplomas and certificates. The institute is one of the largest and longest-serving providers of trades training programs in Western Canada. Since it first opened in 1964, BCIT has produced more than 155,000 career-ready graduates.

“As the shortage of skilled workers continues to rise, we believe it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and promote education of trade and technology. We take that commitment very seriously and are proud to support this great scholarship foundation,” says Thomas Skinner's Paul Krainer.

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