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Tommy, Class of 2015

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Tommy Lands Machinist Job After Receiving Workshops for Warriors’ Certifications

Tommy joined the Marine Corps as a Light Armored Vehicle Crewman envisioning himself going to college with a little help from the GI bill®.  He served from 1991 until 1997.

Tommy felt pigeonholed into typical post-service careers like being a mailman, police officer, or armored car driver. At the outset, he was unsure what field of study he wanted to pursue.

Before finding Workshops for Warriors, Tommy dabbled in a variety of different directions. “I worked construction and warehouse jobs. They were not for me. I tried starting my own business but discovered that that is harder than it looks without lots of college. Most of my friends went into the police force. I was looking for something different.”

After settling at a local community college, Tommy heard about Workshops for Warriors from a few of his buddies and decided to give it a shot. He went through the program and took SolidWorks and Mastercam courses and is now employed as a machinist at UTC Aerospace in San Diego.

“My future is super bright now. I know exactly what degree I want to work towards. I am working toward a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s Degree in Business. I would like to start my own home business one day.”

Being a part of Workshops for Warriors has given Tommy direction, confidence, and certified skills, enabling him to provide for his a family and paving a road for a bright future.

Tommy received the following nationally recognized credentials:

  • NIMS: CNC Milling: Programming Setup & Operations
  • NIMS: CNC Turning: Programming Setup & Operations
  • NIMS: Drill Press I
  • NIMS: Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout
  • NIMS: Measurement, Materials, & Safety
  • SOLIDWORKS Associate – Mechanical Design (CSWA)

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