23rd Annual Advanced Manufacturing Technology Capstone Ceremony


LAI Check Presentation to Community Hospice

WW2 Veterans Attending Capstone Ceremony at HVCC

2016 Capstone Ceremony Models

Guest Speaker at HVCC's Capstone Ceremony

May 12, 2016

By Hudson Valley Community College · May 12 · 

Advanced Manufacturing Industry leaders from around the region and the US attended the ceremony, honoring this year's 36 AMT Capstone Project seniors. This was the largest graduating class from the program in more than two decades.

Approximately $3,000 in cash awards were presented to student winners and 18 customized working Capstone Models worth approximately $100K were presented to the AMT Programs corporate sponsors.

This year's corporate sponsors included: Troy Industrial Solutions, Simmons Machine Tool, Blanchard Industrial Supplies, Allendale Machinery Systems, Kintz Plastics, General Electric, LAI International, Haas Automation, Benet Labs, Package One, Dorsey Metrology, Merrill Lynch, Cambridge Valley Machining and CNC Software.

With a leadership challenge gift of $1 million from the Gene Haas Foundation in August 2015 the college is anticipating construction of the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills. The planned 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building will be the most complete, advanced, operational manufacturing and technology educational, training and resource center in the United States. Haas Automation builds CNC machine tools for manufacturing.


2016 LAI International Capstone Contributions:

 LAI International purchased two Capstone Models in 2016, one of which is prominently displayed at our LAI, SW site location, with the other on display at LAI, NY.  100% of the $ 6000.00 generated by LAI International’s purchase of this 2nd Model was donated back to Greater Capital Community Hospice.  LAI International’s check presentation to Stephen Manny and Community Hospice took place on May 12th (Thursday) in the Bulmer Telecommunications Auditorium, during Hudson Valley Community College’s (HVCC) Annual Capstone Ceremony.  Dave Larkin, who leads the AMT Program at HVCC is also present in the photo of Stephen Manny (Community Hospice), Kevin Burriesci and Michael Dagle (LAI NY). LAI International’s generosity was warmly received and greatly appreciated by all those present.


Camp Erin, which is located in the Adirondacks, is a place where Hospice sends kids who have lost loved ones either through illness, suicide, accident, drug overdoses, homicide etc.  It costs Hospice $ 600.00 per youngster to pay for a weekend of recovery and sharing for these children. LAI International’s $6,000.00 Capstone Model purchase has specifically allowed Hospice to send (10) youngsters to Camp Erin this summer. 


Stephen Manny – Greater Capital Community Hospice – “On behalf of the hundreds of individuals served each day by the Community Hospice in the Greater Capital Region, thank you for facilitating this handsome gift - from these generous companies, LAI International & HAAS Automation! The programs and services Community Hospice offer to our patients and their families, not paid for by Medicare or other sources of reimbursement, are vitally important to provide comfort and peace to our patients as the end of life nears. Thank you for being the catalyst in the manufacturing community so that other leaders may understand and support the mission of Hospice.”


Media Contact:

Kaley Enright kenright@laico.com


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