When U.S. servicemen and women return from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, they often face joblessness and bleak prospects for a career. Yet more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs reportedly go unfilled in the United States. Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, is helping solve both of these problems. It provides free training and certification in manufacturing trade skills to veterans. Numerous suppliers of manufacturing equipment have rallied around this cause by supporting this organization with donations of cash, machine tools and shop supplies. Already a generous donor to Workshops for Warriors, the Gene Haas Foundation is now offering a matching grant for as much as $100,000 to increase support of veteran training.
Haas Automation entrusted four new CNC machines to Workshops for Warriors that are used for training students in the newly named Haas Technical Education Center. Pictured above is the spring 2013 CNC class.
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