Platt gets $20G for precision machining program

MILFORD >> The Gene Haas Foundation has awarded Platt Technical High School a $20,000 grant for its precision machining program.

The grant will provide scholarships, help buy tools and support national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc.

“I requested the funds to purchase the most critical and expensive precision measuring tools which our students need,” said David Tuttle, automated manufacturing technology department head at Platt.

“These tools will allow the students to perform machining operations to a tolerance of one ten-thousandths of an inch,” said David Tuttle.

The foundation offers grants to programs like Platt’s precision machining program nationwide and previously awarded Platt Tech $15,000 in 2015.

Platt Tech is part of the Connecticut Technical High School System.

Platt Tech, a registered member of the Haas Technical Education Center network, is recognized in the network as one of the Top 10 high school manufacturing programs nationally.

Haas’ factory outlet, Trident Machine tools in Windsor, has also offered to buy the tools at cost, which would enable Platt to purchase them at a reduction of 50 percent from a normal supplier, and purchase far more than it would normally be able to, Tuttle said.

“Because of the generosity of the Gene Haas Foundation, we will be able to support all of our current students as well as those who we recruit this fall,” he said.