Nick Hufker graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Precision Machining Program in May 2021. He was the recipient of the Gene Haas scholarship in 2020. Nick says, “I have been financially paying for my college education and this [scholarship] will be of great help in paying for some of my expenses.” In a letter to the scholarship committee, he wrote “I respect and value highly the work you do to keep such an amazing foundation available for newcomers in the machining industry.” Nick currently works as a Setup Machinist at R&S Machining, the who’s who of the manufacturing machining world, producing Aerospace components.

Matthew Roderick, Lead Programmer for R&S Machining, and Ranken alum explains “Nick is a great worker! Since he began working here, he has been respectful, hardworking, quality orientated, and always striving to learn. Nick started in our 3axis department stock prepping parts at night, and then quickly excelled to gain more responsibility. He currently works in our 5axis department in our new facility. He is always on time and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Nick has become a huge asset to our company and we’re really excited to see how much the future holds for him. With his great attitude and work ethic, Nick is going to be a core asset to our company for a long time. Working directly with him every day is great and I love having him as a team member.”

“Nick Hufker was an amazing student. He was very quick to learn new skills and, in my class, often willing to help other students with their projects without me asking,” says John Vanover, Advanced Manufacturing instructor. “He has awesome work ethic and was always on time to class. He is a real example of what Ranken expects from our students.”

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