man demonstrating machine to student

The real world skills and career training opportunities provided by the Grayson County Technology Center are continually growing. The CMM (machining) Program was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation of Haas Automation, renowned for its support of schools and technical institutions.

Teacher Michael Critchelow called the award “a great opportunity for expanding the program.” 

The funds will be used to grow the school’s NIMS industry certification program. NIMS credentials provide applicants a competitive edge when applying for jobs because they have demonstrated that their skills meet the industry established standards. NIMS credentials never expire.

Funds from the award will also benefit graduating seniors as scholarships for continued study in the high-demand machining field.

In the photo, Machining teacher Michael Critchelow demonstrates how to enter and test a program on a Haas trainer prior to actual use in the CNC milling process.