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Grotarian Event – WFW Industries and Workshops for Warriors

October 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


The 501©(3) nonprofit Workshops for Warriors as well as the social enterprise company VetPowered, formerly WFW Industries, will be hosting a tour for Grotarians. Founder and CEO, Hernán Luis y Prado, fellow Rotarian and former 15-year combat Veteran will be giving the tour and talk about how he discovered that Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service members help fill the gap in skilled labor in the advanced manufacturing industry. The facility is in Barrio Logan and will include food and drinks. The tour will be comprised of two parts:

The first portion of the tour we will see Workshops for Warriors. Workshops for Warriors is the nonprofit school that trains and certifies Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members into advanced manufacturing careers. There are two programs at the school, machining and welding, so the tour will take us through their 18 welding booths as well as their machining classroom and lab, comprised of CNC Mills and CNC Lathes. Don’t worry—if you don’t know why that’s important or what those machines are, you will! The best part about the school is that it is free to all Veterans. Hernán will dive into how the nonprofit manages to keep that commitment while still graduating 40-50 students each semester with nationally recognized, portable and stackable credentials. The school also teaches on $6 million worth of cutting-edge equipment, all with no Federal, State, or municipal funding.

The second portion of the tour we will see VetPowered, formerly known as WFW Industries. Here we will get to see some ongoing projects and get a better understanding of what a machine shop looks like and how it functions. This company is a major source of funding for the nonprofit school, and both have big plans in the future. You’ll get to hear about how they work together and how both companies are positioning San Diego to be the re-birthplace of advanced manufacturing in America.

After the tour of the facility Hernán will leave space open for questions, appetizers, and drinks. You will also watch a short, 3-minute video that shows some of the students that have been through the programs and the impact the school has had on themselves and their families. You won’t want to miss it!
Location: 2970 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20

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October 18, 2016
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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