For Immediate Release
Boeing Awards $100,000 Grant to Workshops for Warriors
– The Grant will help nonprofit school provide wounded warriors, veterans and active duty service members with advanced manufacturing training, nationally recognized credentials –
SAN DIEGO – Nov. 2, 2017 – Workshops for Warriors (WFW), the only accredited school in the nation that trains, certifies, and helps place Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members into advanced manufacturing careers, announced today it received a $100,000 grant from Boeing (NYSE: BA).
The grant will go to support machining and welding training programs for the nonprofit school. Workshops for Warriors Founder, Hernán Luis y Prado, remains committed to creating a clearer path for our Nation’s Veterans upon exiting the Military, so all courses are completely free for students to attend so that they can focus on school and not survival.
“Boeing is the best example of a powerhouse company that understands the skills gap in the advanced manufacturing industry and the need for a Nationally scalable training pipeline like Workshops for Warriors. They not only lead the world in Aviation and Aerospace, but they invest in the next generation of technicians and understand the benefits of working with skilled Veterans,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “Over the next decade, 3.5 million advanced manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in America, but 2 million are set to go unfilled due to a lack of skilled labor. Couple that with nearly 1 million service members exiting the Military over the next five years and you have a perfect storm. Boeing understands the opportunity, and we are honored that they are such tireless supporters of our mission.”
WFW was founded in 2008 and offers a machining course teaching CNC milling and turning (on Haas machines), Computer-Aided Design (SolidWorks), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (Mastercam) 3D Printing (Stratasys and MarkForged), CNC Laser (Amada), and CNC waterjet (Flow). They offer a welding course where welding students earn nationally recognized credentials from the American Welding Society in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Flux Cored Arc Welding.
For Boeing, these skills are the backbone to their success.
“We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. “By harnessing our teammates’ unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe.”
To date, 421 Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members have graduated from the nonprofit school with 2,350 nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials.
About Workshops for Warriors
The mission of Workshops for Warriors School is to provide quality hands-on training, STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field. More information is available at www.workshopsforwarriors.org.
Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.