For Immediate Release
Workshops for Warriors Receives Wells Fargo $100,000 Grant
San Diego, CA – October 9, 2017 – Workshops for Warriors, the only accredited school in the Nation that trains, certifies, and helps place Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members into advanced manufacturing careers, today announced it has received a grant for $100,000 from Wells Fargo. With the support of the grant, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members will gain the opportunity to earn third-party nationally recognized advanced manufacturing credentials while attending Workshops for Warriors 16-week accelerated machining and welding courses.
Wells Fargo is investing $2.3 million in 73 organizations and programs that support workforce development and job creation in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. With 3.5 million advanced manufacturing jobs needed in the U.S. and 2 million set to go unfilled due to lack of skilled labor over the next 10 years, Workshops for Warriors was a perfect fit.
“Wells Fargo looks for organizations with innovative strategies to solving pressing issues in our economy. Workshops for Warriors takes our best and brightest – our Active Duty and Veteran population – and matches that will critical areas in advanced manufacturing that need to be filled in this nation. It’s an incredible program,” said Brian Lee, Wells Fargo’s San Diego Region Bank President.
Machining students at Workshops for Warriors earn training in Computer-Aided design (SolidWorks), Computer-Aided manufacturing (Mastercam), CNC milling and turning (on Haas Mills and Lathes), 3D printing (Stratasys and MarkForged) CNC laser (Amada), and CNC waterjet (Flow). 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.
“Because we currently do not receive any Federal or State funding, support from organizations like Wells Fargo is crucial to our growth and success,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder & CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “Until our organization receives GI Bill® funding in April 2019, Workshops for Warriors remains committed to keeping classes free for all Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members. 83% of all donations go straight to training programs, and this grant will help us stay true to our commitment to create a clearer path to financial freedom for our Nation’s Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members. To date, Workshops for Warriors has graduated 421 Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members who have earned a combined 2,350 nationally recognized credentials; helping to fill a critical gap in the American manufacturing workforce.”
This year, Wells Fargo was able to support 73 nonprofits with $2.3 million in grants that support small and micro-business development, workforce development and job creation in some of the hardest hit communities. Since 2012, $11.7 million dollars has been invested through Wells Fargo grant opportunities.
“3D printing is only just beginning. I want to be on the forefront of manufacturing and innovation in America, and additive manufacturing is key to help me reach my full potential in this industry. I couldn’t do it without the training I am receiving at Workshops for Warriors,” said Holly Groothuis, current Workshops for Warriors machining student.
About Workshops for Warriors
The mission of Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit school, is to provide a nationally scalable and repeatable platform to provide quality training, accredited 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.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Wells Fargo No. 3 on its most recent list of the top corporate cash philanthropists. In 2016, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.73 million hours with 50,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.
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