Johnston Pledges $100k to Workshops for Warriors

January 17th-20th Johnston hosted our annual Field Marketing Summit at Big Cedar Lodge located just south of Branson.  This 3-day event brings the Johnston sales and management teams for strategic planning as well as builds and strengthens our relationships. On the afternoon of the 18th, we welcomed two incredible guest speakers from Workshop for Warriors.

Workshop for Warriors

A few snapshots from Hernán and John’s presentation!

The mission of Workshop for Warriors is, “to provide a nationally scalable and repeatable platform to deliver quality training, 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.”

Founder, Hernán y Luis Prado, and John Jones, their Director of Development used touching personal stories that explained why their school was seeking to solve two systemic economic issues.  The first is to rebuild America’s advanced manufacturing infrastructure by providing a nationally scalable and repeatable model to train and certify.  The second is to provide transitioning service members and Veterans with a path for a successful civilian life.

Johnston Donates to Workshop for Warriors:

Before dinner Wednesday evening, Susie presented Hernán and John a donation of $10,000 to establish the Johnston Industrial Supply Scholarship.  Susie surprised all by announcing that Johnston will donate $100,000 of the next 4 years.  Johnston will provide training for 4 transitioning service members or Veterans!

WFW Check Presentation

Left to Right: Workshops for Warriors Director of Development John Jones, CEO and President of Johnston Companies Susie Johnston Fox, and Workshops for Warriors CEO and Founder Hernán Luis y Prado receiving a $10,000 check.

“With nearly 50 years in the industrial supply business, we are trusted by companies large and small for our high-quality products, with solutions based service and ability to find significant cost savings for our valued customers,” said Johnston Companies CEO and President, Susie Johnston Fox. “Supporting organizations like Workshops for Warriors is inherent to our culture that began with my father’s service in the United States Air Force. We look forward to developing a long-standing relationship with this great school.”

Eye-opening takeaways from WFW:

  • Veterans, Wounded Warriors, Transitioning Service Members and their dependents are eligible to apply.  According to Prado, there is a waitlist of more than 500 Veterans requesting admission.
  • WFW offers classes in Advanced CNC Manufacturing, CAD/CAM programming, advanced welding/fabrication, and machinery repair.
  • The Ford Foundation pronounces there are 2.3M unfilled U.S. Advanced Manufacturing jobs due to the lack of skilled labor.
  • Between 2011 and 2016, WFW has trained and certified 338 Veterans, with a combined 1,400 nationally recognized third-party credentials.
  • In 2015, 94 percent of WFW graduates obtained jobs in advanced manufacturing after completing their programs.

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