SAN DIEGO–Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit assisting veterans who are transitioning into civilian life through training, certification and job placement, announced it received the 2015 Excellence in Welding Award in the Educational Facility category.
Presented by the American Welding Society and WEMCO, an Association of Welding Manufacturers, the organization was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the commercial welding industry and its education and training programs.
“We are committed to making a difference in the lives of those who served and take great pride in preparing veterans and wounded warriors for advanced manufacturing careers,” said Hernàn Luis y Prado, Founder of Workshop for Warriors. “There’s a strong demand for skilled labor in the welding and fabricating industries and we’re helping rebuild America’s advanced manufacturing workforce one veteran at a time. It’s an honor receive this award.”
In addition, Workshop for Warriors Dean of Welding Lyle Palm received a 2015 AWS Excellence in Welding Award in the Veteran category.
Previously known as the Image of Welding Awards, WEMCO created the annual Excellence in Welding Awards to recognize individuals and organizations that are instrumental in raising the image of welding and strengthening the industry, and have shown exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in their communities.
Founded in 2008, Workshops for Warriors provides veterans and injured vets with training in CNC machining, CAD/CAM programming, and welding. Since 2011, 194 veterans and wounded warriors have been trained on-site and received third-party nationally recognized credentials, with 100 percent of graduates obtaining jobs in advanced manufacturing.
Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides veterans, wounded warriors, and transitioning service members with industry-leading training, nationally recognized credentials, work experience, and placement into advanced manufacturing careers. The San Diego region is a hub for manufacturing, which is experiencing a workforce shortage. Workshops for Warriors’ training is provided at no cost to veterans, for whom advanced manufacturing can provide the means to self-sufficiency and a successful transition into civilian life. More information is available at www.workshopsforwarriors.org.