Workshops for Warriors Receives $30,000 Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Workshops for Warriors announced it has received a grant for $30,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. With the support of the grant, Workshops for Warriors will start a new semester of advanced manufacturing training courses where students enrolled have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized credentials in an in-demand industry, leading to lifelong financial freedom.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Workshops for Warriors, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

“Because we currently do not receive any Federal or State funding, support from organizations like The Motorola Solutions Foundation is critical to our success,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder & CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “Our accelerated machining and welding programs serve 120 Veterans annually and lead to nationally recognized credentials. In 2016, more than 120 Veterans successfully completed the advanced training and earned high-demand jobs in the advanced manufacturing industry with salaries ranging from $32,000 to $55,000/year. Thanks to The Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant, we can continue in our mission to provide a clear path to career success for our Veterans upon entering civilian life again.”

Machining students 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.

“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 keep our programs moving forward. Workshops for Warriors was the recipient of The Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant last year in 2016, which allowed us to enroll more Veterans into our program. 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,” said Rachel Luis y Prado, COO & Chief Academic Officer.

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner nonprofit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of Workshops for Warriors. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

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