Success Stories

Paul, Class of 2014

Success Stories

Dennis, Class of 2014

Success Stories

Jason, Class of 2014

Success Stories

Mike, Class of 2014

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Success Stories

Blake

“The programs and the success rates for jobs after completion really sparked my interest. I live in one of the poorest parts of the country, so you don’t really make any money here. Machining and welding are trades that allow me to be able to support family and be home every night, so I always thought of this as a potential career. I really liked the military, but that is really the stability I wanted for my family once I transitioned out.”

Dwayne

“That was it. It was too fast. 30 days and my med board comes back, and I had 30 days to get out. It was over too quick, I guess is what I’m saying. I planned on at least doing 20 years. That how I always planned it. I was always looking at all the pay charts thinking ‘I need to make this much if I want to have this much when I retire.’ I had a plan in my head about the Marine Corps. I never had a plan about getting out. I didn’t have anything when I came out, I guess you could say. Nothing was planned.”

Chris

“It took me a while to figure out, but the one thing that does translate from the infantry is teaching. I had been teaching for 11 years now in the Marine Corps, so I understand and have a feel for it, so now it’s just teaching what I know in advanced manufacturing and helping my fellow Veterans out in their transition and finding a new career path.”

Heidi

“As a female Veteran when you get out you don’t have the comradery with the guys that you used to. Being back here, making friends and contacts, things of that nature, it’s fun. I love welding, and sometimes it’s super frustrating, sometimes it’s difficult, and sometimes I want to quit, but for the most part I love it. When you find something you love to do you have to stick with it, knuckle down, listen, work, and put in the time.”

Corey

“It made me realize that I actually like 3D design and modeling more than I actually like machining parts. So it made me really think about going back to school and getting my engineering degree since I hadn’t really thought about what I wanted to do if I did go back to school. I learned 3D modeling here, so I learned what I liked and what I didn’t like.”

Evan

“Positive. That is the one word that describes the impact Workshops has had on my life. Transition is the worst thing about the military. Having an opportunity such as Workshops takes a huge weight off of your shoulders. Whether you’re on your way out, or you’ve honorably served your country, all of the men and women at Workshops are more than happy to help change your life for the better.”

David

“It was really tough. I was in Hawaii, I didn’t know anybody, and I tried the school thing for a while, but it was just too much for me. You know, this place, it really helped me land on my feet and get settled and move on from there.”

Scott

“It made me realize what’s really important. He left behind a wife and a kid. Meanwhile, I have a wife, two kids, and I’m around them all the time and they love me being around, and that’s when it finally hit me; and it took 5 years for me to realize that I don’t have to do what I did when I was in the military.”

Kendell

“I already had a plan, a job lined up, two weeks before I graduated. It was a tremendous experience, one of a kind training that you can’t find anywhere else in the country, probably the world. I do plan on doing this as a career for the rest of my life. I want to go back to school and maybe to become a mechanical engineer.”

Kyle

“The transition back in to civilian life was very stressful for me. I was coming home to an expecting wife and was trying to find a job. I really didn’t know how things were going to go, but Workshops for Warriors they helped me to be a little more competitive in the workforce by helping me obtain an AWS qualification.”

Brandon

“There is a comfort of knowing you have the support of somewhere like Workshops. For us it just makes that community much easier to come into class. We all kind of come from the same world. It makes it an easy transition.”

Kyle

“It’s all about what you know and who you know, and they definitely used their connections to help me get a job. I think my boss mentioned to Hernán that he needed a welder so he came down and asked me if I wanted to be a welder with him. We came up, had a meeting, and I was hired.”

Alex

“I had planned to go back to Oregon as soon as I got out because that’s where I’m from, but then I got here and did that first semester and I just couldn’t believe this program was free. I knew they’d let me do more, so I’m going to do as much as I can. This is my third semester, so I’ve been here about a year.”

Rachel

“Coming here the one beautiful thing about this school is that it feels very familiar, and when I’m not in a place like this I feel very unfamiliar. Since I’ve been 18 I’ve been in the military and surrounded by nothing but military things. It’s a scary thing at first when you leave that environment and nothing feels the same.”

Shaye

“That’s the one thing you miss. Once you’re in the military it never leaves you. Everyone will always tell you it’s never really the lifestyle, it’s the people that you meet. Workshops is like that light at the end of the tunnel when you get out of the service.”

Dylan

“The quality of the training was amazing. The instructors and teacher’s assistants were awesome and very helpful. I think the material that they covered in four months was not too much, and not too little. It was just right.”

Karl

“It was great I was able to do this at no cost to me. I still have my GI bill that I will use to achieve my Mechanical Engineering degree. I have already been knocking out my general education courses. I will finish up my degree when I am in Michigan.”

Aaron

“I was impressed with the facility. I liked seeing all the computers and I especially liked seeing the CNC machines. The advanced manufacturing equipment really sealed the deal for me.”

Ryan

“As I heard Hernan’s talk, I was inspired and blown away. As I was listening to him speak, I had no idea I would be able to go to his school. I can remember when his speech ended, I wanted to go shake his hand and thank him for what he is doing. He lit a fire under me and really motivated me to get out there to do something again – a boost to go figure it out.”

Verenice

“They teach you new ways of how to do something you don’t understand. If I am having problems with my welding, they will take the time to make sure I get what I am doing. There are really great instructors here.”

Tommy

“My future is super bright now. I know exactly what degree I want to work towards. I am working toward a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s Degree in Business. I would like to start my own home business one day.”

Paul

“I heard about it through another Machinist in the Marine Corps (Charlie M.). We connected through TAP (Transition Assistance Program) classes. He told me about the program then we came down to Workshops for Warriors to see what it was about. I was sold on the idea when Hernán told me what he wanted to accomplish.”

Dennis

“I really had no clue as to what I would be doing upon exiting the military. I just knew that I enjoyed being around other veteran’s and wanted to do something that made a difference. All I ever hoped to achieve was to be able to provide for my family and live a simple life without struggles.”

Mike

Mike appreciates the long-term potential of his new career as a machinist. “The average age of machinists is about 58, so I am learning a field that I, and other veterans, have the potential to ‘rule’ in the future—with great job security,” he said. “I envision myself working in a manufacturing environment for the rest of my career.I hope to achieve a high management position at the peak of my career.”