Ryan, Class of 2016
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Workshops for Warriors Renews Ryan’s Future
Ryan, 25, was a hospital Corpsman in the US Navy who had been struggling to make a successful transition into the civilian workforce. He tried returning to college in Tennessee, pursuing a degree in the medical profession, but Ryan had difficulties adjusting to the class sizes and large crowds. The second anniversary of a traumatic military incident was so troubling it ended his academic career.
Ryan returned to his family in Michigan feeling dejected and hopeless. Before he heard of Workshops for Warriors, he had practically given up.
“I was at a low point,” Ryan explained. “I was ready to give up, as bad and horrible as that sounds. I am not sure what I would have done. I felt totally hopeless.”
By chance, Ryan was invited to listen to Hernán Luis y Prado, the Founder and President of Workshops for Warriors, give a speech at the Capital Area Manufacturing Council Executive Meeting in Michigan.
“As I heard Hernan’s talk, I was inspired and blown away. As I was listening to him speak, I had no idea I would be able to go to his school,” he said. “I can remember when his speech ended, I wanted to go shake his hand and thank him for what he is doing. He lit a fire under me and really motivated me to get out there to do something again – a boost to go figure it out.”
Ryan is planning on spending the first holiday in six years with his family in Michigan. As soon as Christmas is over, he will move to San Diego to start taking classes at Workshops for Warriors. His goal is to get as many nationally recognized certifications as he possibly can. He plans on taking both machining and welding courses.
“It is so different,” he said. “I felt so hopeless before. Now I can see a future where I could not before. I am extremely excited.”