Gene Haas Foundation Grant Supports No Cost Youth Camps and Workshops in CNC Machining, Manufacturing Engineering Technology and more at Richard J. Daley College  


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Today, Richard J. Daley College and the Gene Haas Foundation announce no cost training workshops and summer camps for adults and youth in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. The various workshops, programs and summer camps will be held over the course of the next 5 years at no cost to Chicago residents to increase awareness and help more people enter careers in manufacturing.

“We are truly grateful for this investment from the Gene Haas Foundation,” said David Girzadas, Dean of Advanced Manufacturing at Daley College. “The funds will enable us to offer skilled training classes in manufacturing. These programs will help people get that all important first job or prepare them for their next promotion at their current manufacturing employer”.

“The programs at Daley College have been providing cutting edge training in advanced manufacturing and CNC technology for many years. We are a proud partner of the programs here and we are so excited for the investment the Gene Haas Foundation has made to help these programs expand and thrive to serve even more members of the greater Chicago area. We are excited to see career awareness and pathways in advanced manufacturing opened for the youth and adults in the Chicago area, and look forward to being a strong partner and advocate for pathways to prosperity in manufacturing.” ~ Toni Neary, Director of Education at the Morris Group – Haas Division / HFO Chicago.

City Colleges of Chicago is currently offering the CNC Lathe and CNC Mill Operator CE Class, evenings, three days a week. It is a 12-week class. In an afterschool program, CCC now offers Introduction to Manufacturing at Thomas Kelly College Preparatory and Curie High schools for 10 weeks.

Haas Automation is the largest machine tool builder in the United States, and one of the largest builders of CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines in the world. Haas products are manufactured in the company’s 1.1-million-plus-square-foot facility in Southern California, and distributed through a network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets, in more the 60 countries. Every HFO has complete showroom facilities, factory-trained service personnel, extensive spare-parts inventories and fully stocked service vehicles to provide the industry’s best service and support.

Haas Technical Education Community (HTEC) network is a worldwide partnership program established to transform CNC classrooms into high-tech advanced manufacturing labs that provide the best CNC education possible educators gain access to industry-standard CNC machines and essential technologies, as well as classroom materials, professional training, and national and international conferences. Educators can also network and share best practices with thousands of other CNC machining educators around the world.

The Gene Haas Foundation was established in 1999, by Gene Haas, founder and owner of Haas Automation, Inc. to support the needs of the local community, through grants to local charities. Seeing a growing need for skilled manufacturing employees worldwide, the Foundation expanded its mission. By providing scholarship grants, sponsoring individual and team CNC competitions, and partnering with the very best CNC training programs in the world, the Foundation helps expand the availability of high-quality manufacturing technology training worldwide. The Gene Haas Foundation donates millions of dollars every year to manufacturing education and the community. In 2021, the Gene Haas Foundation provided more than $22 million in grants, bringing the total since inception to more than to $125 million.


Richard J. Daley College has a primary campus and a satellite campus, namely Arturo Velasquez Institute (AVI). Collectively, these two locations serve approximately 13,000 students on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Daley College grants associate degrees and short-term certificates, as well as offers free adult education classes and continuing education classes through special interest courses. Many of these degrees and certificates provide workforce ready credentials for those students wanting to enter the world of work directly following their academic attainment. Also, the college prepares students to transfer to colleges and universities for attainment of a Bachelor’s degree. Our Center of Excellence at Daley College is advanced manufacturing and engineering, and the Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center (MTEC) is located at Daley College. MTEC enables students to participate in a hands-on curriculum that prepares them for technological advancements in the engineering and manufacturing industries. With more than 75 percent of our student population identifying as Latino(a)(x), the College has earned the designation of a Hispanic Serving Institution by the United States Department of Education.

Getting To Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60652

  • ​​By public transit: Several transit routes run nearby the college including: the CTA Orange Line as well as the CTA bus #53A, 24, 67.
  • By bike: Bike racks are available at the north and south entrances of the college off of 76th and 75th Street.
  • By car: Cars access the college from Pulaski Road. There is parking onsite for both students and guests located on the north and south end of the college. There is no street parking available on site.
  • To get directions, click here for Google Maps.