New Scholarship Helps Close The Skills Gap

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A Florida-based CNC machine dealer has created a new scholarship for students enrolled in a CNC machinist, CNC operations, engineering or manufacturing certificate or degree program.

The new $2,000 scholarship comes from, a used CNC machine dealer in founded in 2014. As an added bonus the school attended by the scholarship recipient will receive a $500 donation toward their machining or manufacturing department. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students submit a 500 – 1,000 word essay on the subject of three ways the manufacturing industry can better attract young people to careers in manufacturing. Students can also submit a short video on the subject.

Curt Doherty, founder of said, “A shortage of skilled labor is probably the manufacturing industry’s greatest challenge. This scholarship and accompanying school donation is our way of encouraging students to enter the industry and supporting the schools educating them.”

According to a report from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, manufacturers cannot find enough workers with the technology and technical skills to meet demand. A majority of executives surveyed for the report indicated that getting local schools involved is the only way to reverse the downward trend of students seeking a career in manufacturing.

To submit an application visit Deadline for entries is January 1, 2019. The winner will be selected January 22, 2019.