Mutual of America
2019 Community Partnership Award Winners
Advanced Manufacturing for Young Veterans
Two skilled workers collaborating on design table

Members of the U.S. military honorably serve our country, performing their jobs with dedication, skill and focus, while gaining expertise along the way. Despite this, many of America’s bravest men and women face an uphill battle in finding meaningful employment when they finally return home.

Workshops for Warriors® (WFW) is a state-licensed, nonprofit school that gives hope to U.S. military veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members by providing the training they need to build successful careers and achieve the financial freedom they deserve. Based in San Diego, WFW was founded in 2008 by Hernán Luis y Prado, a Navy officer who retired from the military to help struggling veterans and service members find a clear path back into civilian life.

In 2011, through a philanthropic partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation, WFW launched its signature program, Advanced Manufacturing for Young Veterans. This tuition-free, 16-week accelerated program provides low-income transitioning service members and veterans with industry-leading manufacturing education, certification and job placement.

To date, more than 600 former service men and women from all over the country have earned over 5,023 nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials, such as computer-aided drafting, computer-aided manufacturing, CNC lathe and milling, and welding/fabrication.

“There is a skilled worker crisis in the U.S. that is being fueled by an aging generation of trained workers and a dearth of high school graduates pursuing careers in industrial trades. This growing skills gap will be costly for manufacturers and the U.S. economy as companies look offshore for talent to fuel their growth,” said Luis y Prado, Chief Executive Officer of Workshops for Warriors. “Advanced Manufacturing for Young Veterans is uniquely positioned to bring new talent to the field while helping to reduce unemployment for veterans. To boost our impact, we’re building a state-of-the-art facility that will enable us to serve even more veterans and execute on our mission to rebuild American manufacturing, one veteran at a time.”

Workshops for Warriors®
Advanced Manufacturing for Young Veterans
Gene Haas Foundation