Workshops for Warriors helps Veterans Find a New Career in Manufacturing
As our veterans return home and are discharged from their military service, many are thinking “Now what do I do? I am leaving a structure that provided me a purpose, a goal, and stability.”
This is where an organization called Workshops for Warriors (WFW) comes into play.
Workshops for Warriors provides training in advanced manufacturing technologies to help these young men and women find a new purpose and a sustainable job to support themselves and their families.
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Students can apply to enter one of their programs—Welding for Warriors or Machining for Warriors or can take specific classes that meet their needs. Visit here to apply. Once you have submitted your application, a representative of WFW will be in contact.
Workshops for Warriors (WFW), is a State-licensed, board governed, fully audited, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit school founded in 2008. The mission of Workshops for Warriors is 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.
Founder Hernàn Luis y Prado a U.S. Navy officer with combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, recalls, “I saw many of my fellow service members feeling lost with no path to a successful civilian life. I needed to change that.” Founded in 2008, Workshops for Warriors moved to its current facility on 2970 Main Street, San Diego in October 2011.
- In 2012, Hernán Luis y Prado received the White House Champion of Change Award.
- In 2013, Workshops for Warriors’ Machining Program received its accreditation from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and Workshops for Warriors was named San Diego’s best nonprofit serving the military by San Diego Social Venture Partners.
- In 2014, Hernán Luis y Prado received the Humanitarian Award from the Mayor of San Diego.
- In 2014, Workshops for Warriors won the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award.
- In 2015, Workshops for Warriors was recognized as the SolidWorks West Coast Center of Excellence. The school won the 2015 AWS Excellence in Welding Award in the Educational Facility category, with an individual Excellence in Welding Award presented to Dean of Welding Lyle Palm. Additionally, Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder and CEO was recognized as California District 80 Veteran of the Year.
From 2011 to 2015, Workshops for Warriors trained 238 veterans and wounded warriors who qualified for more than 700 credentials, and obtained jobs in advanced manufacturing immediately after completing their programs.
In 2016, Workshops for Warriors received its license to operate by the Bureau of Post-Secondary Private Education, making the school eligible for GI Bill tuition reimbursement in the Summer of 2018.
The school offers two primary programs: welding and machining. It teaches and certifies to the nationally recognized standards of the American Welding Society, National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Mastercam University, and SolidWorks which are portable and stackable credentials.
WFW advanced manufacturing classes in Welding, CAD/CAM programming (SolidWorks and Mastercam), CNC Machining (CNC milling, CNC turning, CNC laser, and CNC waterjet) create a national training pipeline to increase the manufacturing workforce while providing employment to veterans. Students gain their skills through classroom education and extensive hands-on-training on eleven CNC HAAS Mills and Lathes, an AMADA Laser, Flow Water Jet, and 18 Welding booths.
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