Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit school providing Veterans free training and nationally recognized industry credentials in CAD/CAM programming, CNC machining and welding, announced it received a $75,000 commitment from JPMorgan Chase & Co. The funding will allow WFW to provide Veterans with quality training and accredited STEM educational programs.

“Veterans face significant challenges as they transition back to civilian life and focus on career development. We’re grateful to JPMorgan Chase for supporting our training program as we work to improve post-service lives,” said Hernàn Luis y Prado, founder of Workshop for Warriors. “We’re helping Veterans gain the skills they need in an effort to help fill the more than 2.3 million advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S. These funds are crucial to helping us reach our goals.”

Founded in 2008, Workshops for Warriors offers classes in Advanced CNC Manufacturing, CAD/CAM programming, advanced welding/fabrication, and machinery repair. Between 2011 and 2016, Workshops for Warriors has trained and certified 321 Veterans, with 1,223 nationally recognized third-party credentials. In 2015, 94 percent of their graduates obtained jobs in advanced manufacturing after completing their programs. The school solves two systemic economic issues: rebuilding America’s advanced manufacturing infrastructure and providing a nationally scalable and repeatable model to train, certify, and help place transitioning service members and Veterans into advanced manufacturing careers.

“JPMorgan Chase is dedicated to promoting Veteran employment, empowering Veterans to succeed in small business and improving the financial security of vets, service members and their families, said Brian Page, West Region Head for JPMorgan Chase’s Government, Healthcare, Higher Education and Not-For-Profit Banking Group. “We are honored to work with Workshops for Warriors as it helps our city’s Veterans build a solid foundation for the future.”

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Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a nonprofit school providing Veterans free training and nationally recognized industry credentials in CAD/CAM programming, CNC machining and welding, announced it received a $50,000 grant from Boeing.

The grant is crucial in allowing Workshops for Warriors to support workforce development by providing quality training, accredited STEM educational programs and opportunities to earn third-party nationally recognized credentials.

“Boeing is not only the leader in the Aviation and Aerospace, but they are big supporters of programs like ours that enhance STEM, workforce training, and educational and career pathway opportunities for Veterans,” said Hernàn Luis y Prado, founder of Workshop for Warriors. “More than 2.3 million advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are unfilled. Over the next decade nearly 2.7 million baby boomers will retire from this field. We’re working diligently to address this need by providing skilled workers for the region's most in demand jobs. Our graduates are being trained to work at powerhouses like Boeing. We are very appreciative and honored that they are supporting our mission by providing us with these much needed funds.”

Founded in 2008, the organization offers classes in CNC machining, CAD/CAM programming and welding. Between 2011 and 2015, Workshops for Warriors trained more than 200 veterans and wounded warriors. Graduates obtained jobs in advanced manufacturing after completing their programs. The school is working to solve two systemic economic issues: rebuild the U.S. manufacturing industry’s talent pool and offer transitioning service members, wounded, ill or injured, and veterans, the opportunity to obtain the training necessary to successfully transition into a civilian career.

“As Boeing celebrates its centennial year in 2016, we take great pride in our rich heritage and aerospace legacy,” said Richard Annett, vice president, Logistics Products and Services at Tapestry Solutions, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. “We are also proud of our long-standing commitment to supporting men and women in uniform and military families by employing more than 20,000 veterans who are continuing their mission with Boeing, as well as advocacy and support of a variety of military and veteran-specific programs like Workshops for Warriors.”

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Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a nonprofit school assisting Veterans who are transitioning into civilian life through advanced manufacturing training and nationally recognized certification, held its summer graduation at its Barrio Logan-based educational facility last week.

The school honored its 43 graduates with a ceremony that included remarks by Workshops for Warriors’ Founder and CEO, Hernán Luis y Prado, two student speakers and comments by guest speaker, John Jones, Marine Corps Veteran and Development Officer for Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

“The ceremony was exceptionally memorable for a few reasons. First, Alex Funk became the school’s first Veteran to receive all 25 possible welding credentials. This is a significant accomplishment and really speaks to his drive and passion for the industry. These honors allow graduates to immediately integrate into large and small manufacturing organizations throughout the United States,” said Hernàn Luis y Prado, founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “In addition, my longtime friend, John Jones, who was my inspiration behind starting the school, provided an unforgettable speech. It was without a doubt a special day to recognize the graduates hard work as they transition into a thriving industry.”

Each semester runs 16-weeks and offers students credentials from top industry organizations such as the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Mastercam University (computer-aided manufacturing), SolidWorks (computer-aided design) and the American Welding Society.

In 2008, Hernàn Luis y Prado founded the organization after 15 years of active duty service as a U.S. Navy officer with combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He recalls, “I saw more of my fellow service members die of suicide and drugs than die from bombs and bullets. I needed to change that.” Since 2011, WFW’s current total number of graduates after last week’s summer graduation comes to 321.


Founded in 2008, the organization offers classes in CNC machining, CAD/CAM programming and welding. Before Workshops for Warriors received its State license to operate as a school in January 2016, it trained more than 200 veterans and wounded warriors. Now approved by the State, the school is working to solve two systemic economic issues: rebuild the U.S. manufacturing industry one veteran at a time and offer every service member who honorably served their country the opportunity to obtain the training necessary toward a lucrative career in a field that is desperately in search of qualified, highly dedicated talent.

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FABTECH launched a charitable fundraising campaign in connection with the FABTECH 2014 Expo in Atlanta to benefit U.S. military veterans and assist them in obtaining jobs in the manufacturing sector.  The 2014 FABTECH Expo Cares campaign seeks to raise funds in support of Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to training, certifying, and placing veterans in manufacturing careers.

FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.  This year’s show, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Nov. 11-13, 2014, is expected to bring together an anticipated 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies.

“The record attendance we expect at FABTECH 2014 in Atlanta indicates that the manufacturing sector in the U.S. today is strong and growing,” said John Catalano, show co-manager at SME.  “With more jobs to fill, manufacturing employers are looking for new sources of talent while, at the same time, many former members of our armed forces are looking for work.  We are pleased to support Workshops for Warriors at FABTECH this year, an organization that combines these efforts and gives American veterans the skills U.S. manufacturing employers need.”

At no cost to veterans, Workshops for Warriors provides a program of industry-leading training, nationally recognized, and portable credentials.  In addition, the organization offers valuable work experience and assists with job placement.  Workshops for Warriors has a 100% placement rate for graduates.

“Veterans need and deserve our support as they transition back to civilian life,” said Ana Cláudia Guedes, Executive Vice President at Workshops for Warriors.  “What we’ve found is that veterans are an excellent fit for careers in advanced manufacturing because they are self-starters by nature who are driven to succeed and trained to problem-solve.  For many, the ability to work with their hands is also a selling point.  By providing these veterans with industry-leading training and credentials, we are able to help them into life-sustaining careers that can rebuild American manufacturing.  It’s a win-win.”

Guedes continued, “Workshops for Warriors does not receive any government funding so the support of FABTECH and the advanced manufacturing industry is absolutely instrumental to our continued success.  We are honored to be the beneficiary of this year’s FABTECH Expo.”

“One of the great features of FABTECH is the sense of community that exists among attendees who have a common interest in promoting the future of American manufacturing,” said Mark Hoper, show co-manager at Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International.  “This year’s FABTECH Expo Cares campaign is an extension of that community, offering a unique opportunity to support American veterans and our manufacturing sector here at home.  Workshops for Warriors has a waiting list of hundreds of veterans who are hoping to enroll in classes.  Together, our donations will expand their ability to meet the demand.”

The FABTECH Expo Cares charity campaign was first launched in Chicago during the 2013 show after a series of deadly storms devastated the city of Washington, IL and other areas of the state.  The campaign exceeded its goal, raising more than $21,000 from the manufacturing community for the storm victims.

FABTECH has set up an online donation page through the secure online fundraising site CrowdRise. Donations to Workshops for Warriors through CrowdRise are 100% tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Donors will automatically receive an email receipt that meets IRS requirements.

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Goodrich Foundation has awarded Workshop for Warriors (WfW) in San Diego, Calif. $100,000 to support its program that provides job training and skill certification to U.S. veterans at no cost to students. WfW provides training in welding, milling and machining for wounded, homeless veterans and service men and women about to transition out of active duty into civilian life. Thousands of veterans are expected to end their military careers over the next several months as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.

"One area of our giving focus at Goodrich is to honor the men and women who serve their country in the armed forces," said Marc Duvall, president of Goodrich's Aerostructures business. "Enabling Workshops for Warriors to provide much-needed job training to veterans one of the best ways that we as a company can tell our veterans, 'Thank you for your service.'"

Many returning veterans will come through San Diego on their way back to their hometowns, making Workshops for Warriors ideally located to assist them with their career transitions. In addition to helping veterans establish careers in an extremely tight job market, the program also benefits the country.

"America is hungry for manufacturing employees; there are more than two million unfilled manufacturing jobs in the U.S. right now," Hernan Luis y Prado, president Workshops for Warriors said. "Hiring our graduates is a win-win for this country and the people who served it. We want to be a major driver for retraining the world's greatest fighting force into the world's most modern manufacturing force."

Last month, Luis y Prado was recognized as a "Champion of Change" for establishing Workshops for Warriors and his dedication to helping members of the armed forces.

The Goodrich Foundation grant will be used to hire additional instructors in order to increase the number of graduates from Workshops for Warriors. The organization currently has a 100 percent job placement rate for its students.

This is the second Goodrich Foundation grant for the organization. In late 2011, WfW received a $25,000 grant to help it establish its curriculum. In addition, Goodrich Aerostructures business in Chula Vista, Calif., has donated nearly $1 million in equipment and materials to help WfW build out its class offerings.

Goodrich Foundation is the charitable arm of Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR). The Foundation provides support to selected charitable institutions in Goodrich's United States headquarters and plant communities.

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry.  With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities.

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