Almost everyone in the United States has a connection to a veteran. Perhaps your brother, sister, uncle or niece. We all have someone we know and love who serves or has served our country.

After their service is completed, veterans sometimes have difficulty assimilating once again to civilian life. This reintegration can be a harsh process and statistics show that veterans make up a significant percentage of the unemployed in the United States. They also show they’re more likely to suffer from depression and in all too many cases, suicide. These are frightening facts for our warriors coming back home trying to find purpose and stability.

Workshop for Warriors in one program stepping up to the plate to stabilize this transition. This initiative is led by ex-Naval Officer Hernan Luis y Prado. Workshop for Warriors attempts to provide a conduit of education for veterans and training for future work, particularly in manufacturing.

Responding to Veteran’s Issues

The transition to civilian life can be an incredibly difficult one and it can be even more challenging without the right support system to do so. Workshop for Warriors provides a classroom environment as well as hands-on training for these veterans coming back home after serving their country. They are currently working out of San Diego, but have a mission to lower the unemployment rates nationally for veterans across the United States. Their primary goal is to provide a purpose for veterans that can be a long-term solution for their professional and personal needs by offering them a job opportunity in the manufacturing industry.

 Training with longevity

 Currently, the curriculum fulfills most STEM necessities required by modern manufacturing. Their certifications cover the essentials for documentation in the American Welding Society, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Mastercam University, Solidwork, Immerse to Learn, and the National Coalition of Certification centers. Apart from this, their curriculum keeps changing and growing, adapting to the ever-changing dynamic of the manufacturing industry. Computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing are two of the newest classes added to the curriculum. Their objectives for the future include even more automated design and servicing classes due to their awareness of the future of the industry as a fully automated one.

Responding to the Manufacturing Economy

Soon, the jobs in manufacturing will not only change but will have huge vacancies. Baby boomers are retiring and even in today’s manufacturing job market, it’s difficult to fill positions with qualified and well-trained workers. Veterans seem to fit that skills gap perfectly as disciplined leaders and hard workers that are no strangers to adversity, coming back home and looking for professional fulfillment.

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