Estimates from the Pew Research Center suggest that community colleges enroll close to half of all U.S. undergraduates. These institutions can offer students numerous academic opportunities including small class sizes and unique degree programs.
For example, Linn State Technical College (LSTC) in Missouri installed a Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Showroom for its Machine Tool Technology students. The center is the result of a partnership between Linn State and Haas Automation, which is an industry leader in computer numerical controlled (CNC) machinery manufacturing. The HTEC gives Linn State machine tool technology students the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art equipment that is being implemented in the workplace.
Partnering with Haas Automation is making the machine tool program at Linn State more effective in preparing students and more appealing to prospective students," said Donald Claycomb, LSTC president. Haas has entrusted equipment with an estimated value of $380,000 to Linn State, including two turning centers, two CNC vertical mills, a tool-room mill and a trunnion. Linn State offers an associate's degree in machine tool technology.
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