"I saw many of my fellow service members feeling lost with no path to a successful civilian life. I needed to change that," Prado explained.
So in 2008, he founded Workshops for Warriors (WFW). It is a state-licensed, board-governed, fully audited, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit school that provides quality training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third-party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field.
Each graduate, nearly 500 to date, earns third-party, nationally-recognized credentials accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), CNC Software Inc. (Mastercam), SolidWorks, Immerse2Learn, the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), and the American Welding Society (AWS).
WFW announced this month that Stratasys, a provider of applied additive technology solutions, will donate 3D printing technology and services, which will become the centerpiece of the institution’s new additive manufacturing STEM-accreditation and training.
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