SAN DIEGO, Calif. Sept. 12, 2012 - When Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 39 car takes to the track for the GEICO 400 NASCAR® race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 16, it will have special meaning for a San Diego non-profit group dedicated to helping returning veterans develop life-long work skills. The logo for Workshops for Warriors, which provides free training for veterans in welding, milling and CNC (computer numerical control) machining, will be featured on the car driven by Ryan Newman.
"Haas Automation has been a tremendous supporter of Workshops for Warriors, providing four new CNC machines for training, as well as $50,000 in a challenge grant," said Hernán Luis y Prado, founder and president of the non-profit. "I was blown away when they offered to place our logo on Ryan Newman's car. We're hopeful that the national exposure will help raise awareness about Workshops for Warriors and our mission to put America back to work, one veteran at a time."
Workshops for Warriors, founded in 2010, matches veterans hungry for work with industries starving for workers through free hands-on and classroom training culminating in certification that gives veterans the skills that America needs. It also provides wounded, homeless and transitioning veterans paths toward vocational certification, work experience, and mentorship programs to assure long-term independence and integration into the workforce.
In the short time it's been in existence, Workshops for Warriors already has a long list of accomplishments:
Set up milling, machining, welding classrooms and labs in a 28,000-square foot facility
Attained 100% job placement. 54 veterans were trained, certified by American Welding Society, and placed into manufacturing careers since early 2012. More than 300 veterans are on the welding waiting list and more than 100 for the machining class.
Been honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for veteran training
Certified two veterans through National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) since July 2012.
Received 12 CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) workstations and software from CNC Software.
Cash donations from Gene Haas Foundation, Goodrich Foundation, Betenbender Manufacturing, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Education Foundation, and the Grainger Foundation.
For more information, visit www.workshopsforwarriors.org or call 619.550.1620