OXNARD, CA, February 20, 2015 - The Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, California, presented a $54,000 grant to NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) for The SkillsUSA CNC Machining Championship Scholarship Program. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. On June 22-26, 2015, the 51st Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference, including the SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase of career and technical education students will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Winners from SkillsUSA state competitions - high school and post-secondary, will compete against each other and the clock in creating manufacturing parts using these skills: CNC -Turning, CNC – Milling and a new contest, CNC – Technician (combining both Milling & Turning Programming). Haas Automation, a technical and hardware sponsor and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) are sponsoring the three CNC Contests. Fifty (50) Haas CNC Simulators will be used for the CNC contests, along with a Haas VF 2 Mill and Haas ST 10 Lathe used for successful programs. The Gene Haas SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award certificates will be presented at the June 26th Awards Ceremony to 18 national medal winners in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000, Silver: $3,000, and Bronze: $2,000.