North Charleston – Palmetto Warriors Connection (PWC) held its second Veterans For Manufacturing graduation ceremony on Friday, May 18 in which 18 local veterans were awarded basic certifications in Forklift Operations, CNC Machine Operation and OSHA.
The Veterans For Manufacturing training program is a concentrated two week training program for veterans looking for employment in the manufacturing sector. The training is a service of the Palmetto Warrior Connection, in partnership with Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Training. Funding for the course was provided by Operation: GoodJobs, a grant administered by Palmetto Goodwill that helps place veterans into private sector jobs.
“These men and women are fresh out of the military,” said Palmetto Training owner Eddie Jackson, who helped provide part of the training. “We’re giving them two intensive weeks of training to help make them more employable — everything from blueprint reading, precision measuring and inspection to computer numeric control (CNC) training.”
Palmetto Goodwill VP/PWC Executive Director Jermaine Husser added, “The fast-track curriculum and hands-on experience is designed to give veterans the entry-level skills necessary for immediate job placement.”
Following the graduation ceremony participating veterans met with area manufacturing representatives – including Pegasus Steel, DC Machine, JW Aluminum, PK Precision, Bellwright Manufacturing, Cummins Turbo Technologies and Volvo - to discuss potential opportunities. To date 10 of the 18 graduates have secured positions. Palmetto Goodwill and PWC will continue to work with all the graduates to help get them placed in a manufacturing position.
Graduates of the Veterans For Manufacturing include: Matthew Armstrong, Joseph Banks, Gary Campbell, Cody DeForest, Mike Enriquez, Lorenzo Fahie, Ta-Tanisha Graham, Brett Green, Jason Green, Charity Howard, Gregory Humphrey, Matt King, Barbara Lloyd, Teresa Lumpkins, Willis Middleton, Levern Price, Daniel Rodriguez and Alan Simpson.
Matt King participated in the course and was thrilled to be hired by DC Machine immediately upon graduating, saying, “I could never have gotten in with a company like DC Machine [without the program].”
Another Veterans for Manufacturing course is being planned for August/September of 2018. For more information about Palmetto Warrior Connection or the Veterans For Manufacturing program, please visit palmettogoodwill.org or palmettowarriorconnection.org.