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Northeast State celebrates Haas scholarship recipients from Sullivan East, Crockett and Boone

Community Contributor Tom Wilson • May 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Northeast State Community College has recognized Sullivan East, David Crockett and Daniel Boone high school students who received the Gene Haas Scholarship this spring.

The ceremony was at the Regional Center of Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) Academy May 13, and the students earned college credits for classes taken through the College’s dual enrollment program.

The Gene Haas Scholarship recipients for the spring semester are Sullivan East High students Kaitlin Forbes, Kayla Honaker, Nichole C. Kelly, Mabel Olson, and Campbell Smith; Crockett students Laura Franklin, Trinity Hall, Hayven Miller and Amanda Slagle; and Boone students Samantha Padgett and Taylor Reeves.

“We would love for you to come back to Northeast State down the road and talk to us about how these classes helped you,” Northeast State Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development Sam Rowell, told the students. “Let us know how your careers are going.”

The scholarship recipients are dual enrollment students. Students focused their classes in Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and the Machine Tool Operations. . The Gene Haas Scholarship gives priority selection to qualified female students, students from underrepresented populations and students who did not receive the Pell Grant.

Northeast State’s RCAM Academy at Kingsport, also called RCAM Jr., provides technical training capabilities and dual enrollment opportunities for high school students around the region. The RCAM Academy uses a large Machine Tool/CNC laboratory with new machining technology Northeast officials said is critical for world-class instruction.

"It's very encouraging to see these young ladies showing interest in advanced manufacturing and taking these courses to better prepare themselves for their future,” RCAM Director Heath McMillian said.

Northeast offers a 26-credit-hour technical certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting and 31-credit-hour certificate in Machine Tool Operations. Both certificates are part of an associate of applied science degree and all courses count toward the completion of a degree.

The CAD curriculum prepares mechanical or CAD drafters to create diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices. A trained drafter can use two- or three-dimensional CAD software to create a variety of drawings used in manufacturing and engineering.

The Machine Tool program teach students how to operate manufacturing equipment to include machine lathes, mills, grinders and CAD/CAM software. Machinists and CNC operators use print specifications designed in CAD software to create machine parts for a near endless variety of manufacturing applications.

“There is a lot of creativity required in manufacturing,” Rowell said. “We are very proud of these students for taking the challenge of learning these technical skills.”

For information about the RCAM Academy or Northeast State’s academic programs go online to visit www.manufacturingfuture.net or online to www.northeaststate.edu. For more information about the Gene Haas Foundation go to www.ghaasfoundation.org.

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Photo/Haas scholarship pix5-19 55: Pictured (from left) Dr. Sam Rowell, Hayven Miller, Nichole Kelly, Mabel Olson, Campbell Smith, Taylor Reeves, Samantha Padgett, Trinity Hall, and Heath McMillian.

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