The nonprofit TechForce Foundation is administering a new scholarship program to support students enrolled in the CNC (computerized numerical control) Machining Technology program at Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI’s) NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C.
The scholarships were established by Roush Yates Engines.
Of the eight $4,000 CNC Machining scholarships to be administered, four will be named after Roush Yates Engines’ co-founder Robert Yates, while the other four will be named after co-founder, Jack Roush. Awarding of the scholarships will start in the fourth quarter of this year with the remainder being awarded in 2018 and 2019.
“We are elated to administer these scholarships — first, for such an innovative company as Roush Yates Engines and second, for the specific need they address,” says TechForce CEO and Executive Director Jennifer Maher.
“Students will get the hands-on training a CNC machinist needs to create and engineer everything from aerospace parts and industrial applications to medical equipment and high-performance engine components.”
Doug Yates, president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines, says CNC machining is critical to the current and future success of Roush Yates Engines and manufacturing in the U.S. and beyond. “By partnering with UTI we have created a platform for success in the CNC manufacturing industry. The Roush Yates Engines’ scholarships support our belief in the next generation of CNC manufacturers. The future is bright and we are 100% dedicated to this dynamic industry.”
According to Mary Ann Mauldwin, Roush Yates Engines’ chief operating officer, “The manufacturing industry has evolved, seeking highly skilled workers who have not been easy to identify nor hire, but are in great demand.”
To help solve that problem, she says, “We are committed to this partnership with UTI, which leverages each of our business’ strengths, because it provides the framework to ensure our industry has a pipeline of future CNC machining technicians with the skills and experience to fuel this growing segment of our business.”
Kim McWaters, president and CEO of UTI, notes the scholarships and the ongoing support of the Roush Yates Engines’ team enables more students to access the school’s training and the abundant career opportunities available for CNC machining technicians across multiple industries.
CNC students at NASCAR Tech can apply for the scholarships at www.techforcefoundation.org.
TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians in the transportation industry. The Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors, and is spearheading FutureTech Success, and industry-wide initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. For more information, visit www.techforcefoundation.org.