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WORKSHOPS FOR WARRIORS INC

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Mission: Workshops for Warriors is rebuilding America’s advanced manufacturing workforce, one veteran at a time. We train, certify, and place veterans and wounded warriors into advanced manufacturing careers, meeting the strong demand for skilled labor in U.S. manufacturing.

Geographic areas served: San Diego, CA

Programs: Workshops for Warriors (WFW) is a GuideStar platinum-rated 501(c)(3) nonprofit school that provides state-of-the-art training for veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members to fill America’s lack of qualified CNC machining, 3-D printing, welding and advanced manufacturing workers. Students earn nationally recognized third-party credentials in welding and machining, going on to become mill and lathe operators, parts designers and programmers. There are currently 2.3 million well-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs that go unfilled each year. In 10 years, that demand will grow to 3.5 million. Workshops for Warriors provides a solution to the growing need for a skilled workforce. In just 16 weeks, students earn stackable, portable credentials that allow them to get jobs anywhere in the USA. Since 2008, WFW has trained and placed veterans into lucrative advanced manufacturing careers with companies like Fox Racing, Ariel, General Dynamics NASSCO, SPAWAR and SpaceX, with average starting salaries of $60,000. Through private donations, grants, and now the GI Bill®, WFW provides transitioning veterans with a variety of options in terms of training and certification within the standards of the American Welding Society, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), MasterCam University and SolidWorks.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dani S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The things that Workshops for Warriors is doing in the skilled labor industry is OUTSTANDING! They are bringing awareness to a very large employment gap and have created a robust training program to help place veterans in high paying positions after they transition out of the service.

Denise B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Workshops for Warriors through a couple friends who invited me to go on a tour of the facilities to see how the organization helps veterans gain career/work options after serving in the military. I was thoroughly impressed by the commitment of this organization to train these veterans and decided to join my friends to help this organization in a tangible way...the idea was to make a healthy meal for the students while they were studying. Galley Girls was born; we serve a meal once a week to the students and I am proud to be able to help these young veterans in this way...it is my way of saying “Thank you for your service to our country”. Denise Bohlken

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An outstanding opportunity; providing training in highly needed technical skills for our warriors who are leaving the service and entering the workforce. Without this organization, hundreds, if not thousands, of our young men and their families who have sacrificed so much would be without any marketable job skills. I am grateful to be a very small part of this endeavor by being one of their “Galley Girls” who serve the students a home cooked meal every Wednesday. Without exception, each and every one says a hearty “thank you” as they are served. They are my hero. Workshops for Warriors is THEIR hero!!

1 Don M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A few of us from Rancho Santa Fe Rotary visited Workshop Warriors. Not only has their very large presence changed the landscape and perception of the challenges are of Bario Logan. It was far beyond anything we expected. You must simply visit this site to appreciate what they have accomplished. In my twenty years of community service I have never seen anything like this.
Don Meredith
Past President RSF Rotary

1 Samantha M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this place and what it stands for, especially as a surviving spouse of a fallen soldier. It brings me so much happiness and peace to know that my late-husbands brothers and sisters in arms are being supported after their time in the service. They have given so much, and this organization honors that commitment in a truly honorable and substantial way, for which I know all of us Americans are grateful.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Workshops for Warriors in July 2012. My role, VP of Outside Operations at machine tool manufacturer Haas Automation has allowed me to make connections with technical-training institutions across the Country and worldwide. What I saw at Workshops for Warriors (WFW) impressed me as a genuine, grass-roots effort to make a difference by providing training for veterans in the San Diego region. They had all the makings of a successful training program: location (adjacent some the nation's largest military bases), demand from industry (machinists and welders are in huge demand nationwide), and a dedicated team.
As the nation's largest manufacturer of machine tools, we felt it was imperative at Haas Automation that we throw in our support for this growing effort. We provided machines for WFW's training programs and dollars for support. We watched over the next few years as the organization grew, mainly due to the hard work and dedication of founders, Hernán and Rachel, and their staff. When I was asked to join the Board of Directors, the only question (to myself) was whether I could put in the time and effort required to keep up its founders and staff. It was one of the best decisions I could make. As a Board Member, a non-paid voluntary role, I've had the pleasure of working with a wonderful group of fellow Board Member as well as everyone at WFW.
The future of WFW looks great with plans to develop an efficient, purpose-build campus on its current site in San Diego. This is critical to meeting the needs of training the many veterans on our waiting list and better meet the needs of employers. As a Board, we've accepted that this new campus will take a great deal of resources and have committed fully to raising the funds to make this project a reality.
I look forward to many more years of success with WFW as America's preeminent veteran training center.

1 Timothy P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have to tell it like it is, Its tough out there as a veteran, people appreciate what you have done, but more often than not, that is where it ends. I found myself out of the service without a job, and a freshly broken leg from a wild night, no income. I picked myself up, brushed off the self pity got a job and pushed myself to the limit, worked very hard to get ahead in life. So what does that have to do Workshops for Warriors, well i am the night welding instructor, I took all I have learned from getting a job and applied it to training veterans. It's not only a training center for job skills, it's a confidence course for life skills. I also have the pleasure of being a older brother, friend, father figure to most of the students. Teaching at Workshops for Warriors has been the best thing that happened to me in my life. I would be lost without.
Thank you for reading this, Tim Palm

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Workshops for Warriors is rebuilding American advanced manufacturing, one veteran at a time. I've had the privilege to serve on their Board of Advisors since 2015. It's been an amazing way to "do something good", and to say thank you to the men and women that sacrifice so much by serving in our military and protecting our freedom!

When you take the tour of the facility (highly recommended), you immediately are drawn in to the energy and passion of the students, the staff, and especially the teachers. You hear first hand from the students how the skills and certifications they are learning are positively impacting their lives - giving them hope and a bright future for them and their families. Workshops for Warriors is building futures for our veterans!

I hear from graduates like Pablo, who landed a great job in Texas as a Design Engineer as a result of the SOLIDWORKS and MasterCAM skills he learned at Workshops for Warriors - earning well above the living wage in the area. I stay in touch with Dylan, a graduate who took his CAD-CAM skills to NJ, and he's now a CNC Programmer with a bright future for his family.

It's a story that is so easy to share with people - I tell it to as many people as I can; and they often ask "How can I get involved, too?" I can honestly say I've gotten so much happiness out of my involvement with Workshops for Warriors, I'm truly blessed to have found them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Workshops for Warriors is a great organization that helped me and countless others get a great job. The instructors and staff are very friendly and ensure everyone gets the most out of the school.

1 Jaime M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Workshops for warriors is an awesome organization! They definitely give veterans and transitioning military an advantage in the advanced manufacturing sector.

1 Nicho F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Workshops for Warriors changed my life. Up until my attendance of the program I was bouncing from job to job with no clear direction. Workshops gave me a path and the tools I needed to create a career worth talking about. Upon graduation of the Machining For Warriors course I was offered a position as a TA and have loved every second of working here.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non -profit provides real, tangible benefits and unlike many other well-meaning veterans groups, it delivers.

I could give a flowery speech, but WFW is better served by saying that they tore down every single wall between my potential and my success. I came to workshops 10 years after my discharge and I was severely underemployed. My GI Bill was depleted as well and good luck navigating Voc Rehab. When I left workshops after 4 months of training I had a job waiting for me where I made twice the money with good benefits and job security, and this was just one of opportunities I was presented.

I made friends that I still talk to and on my first day of work I was prepared and even though I was the greenest guy there I did a great job and I have passed my first review with flying colors. This time last year I did not have the highest hopes or expectations. This year I am Christmas shopping, my bills are paid, my family is taken care of.

I cannot stress enough that the small amount of time and education benefits will be life changing.

3 Valentino C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Workshops For Warriors helped me get my dream job! They have made it possible for me to open new doors in my career and the skills I learned here will follow me forever. Thank you to my instructors Pat and Scott. A big thank you to Keisha for helping me during and even after I graduated. I encourage any transitioning soldier or veteran looking to get into an advanced manufacturing job as a machinist or welder to strongly consider this organization. You won't regret it.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in Barrio Logan. Workshops for Warriors has helped out my community so much. From organization a community clean up to lighting up dark alley ways. WFW has improved the neighborhood. The number of transients in the community has reduced significantly.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Workshop for Warriors for six years and can say that i have been consistently impressed with how well they fill their mission of “Building the advanced workforce of tomorrow - one veteran at a time.” (Excuse my paraphrasing). But more than a mission, with WfW it is also a passion,

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization takes its mission very seriously, and is an excellent steward of all of the support it receives, and truly bend over backwards to help its student veterans, from whom they never charge a dime. I cannot say enough great things about what they are achieving for veterans, and make it a point each year to set aside a portion of my philanthropic budget to support them. I encourage anybody looking for a way to help transitioning veterans to look into this organization and tour their facility if possible.

Review from Guidestar