Local high school receives large donation for program


The Society of Women Engineers and Scientists program at Temescal Canyon High School was started in 2016 by teachers and cycling coaches Kathy and Robert Parks. The program’s mission is to encourage and support female students who have interests in pursuing careers and education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

On April 4, the program received a $15,000 donation from the Gene Haas Foundation. This is the second year in a row the Gene Hass Foundation made this donation. Robert said the funding will be primarily used to expand and grow TCHS’s Society of Women Engineers and Scientists program. “The program is planning activities such as job shadowing, field trips to STEM companies, college tours, attending STEM conferences and a mentor program for both the high school students and for them to mentor younger aspiring female scientists and engineers,” said the teacher.

Gene Haas, the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., founded his foundation in 1999. He initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community. His commitment to the importance of U.S. manufacturing and engineering has incited him to grow his personal foundation and direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing and engineering education. To date, more than 4000 charitable 501 C3 organizations and schools have received funds totaling over 50 million dollars from the foundation.