Precision Metalforming foundation awards $44,500 in training grants

The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation, an organization established to support and develop training and education for metalforming skills and to improve the awareness of careers in metalforming, awarded a total of $44,500 in grants to three programs created to enhance the U.S. metalforming workforce: HIRED/Hennepin Technical College, WIRE-NET and BattleBots IQ.
By Staff January 1, 2006

The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation, an organization established to support and develop training and education for metalforming skills and to improve the awareness of careers in metalforming, awarded a total of $44,500 in grants to three programs created to enhance the U.S. metalforming workforce: HIRED/Hennepin Technical College, WIRE-NET and BattleBots IQ.

PMAEF awarded $24,500 to the HIRED program at Hennepin Technical College in Minneapolis, MN to support the development of a course on occupational English for metalforming. The project will feature the implementation of a 72-hour instruction course for English language learners in the Metalforming Level One program at Hennepin Technical College.

PMAEF awarded $10,000 to WIRE-NET’s School-to-Career program, which will be conducted in collaboration with Max Hayes High School, a vocational high school in the Cleveland, OH Public School District. This initiative provides opportunities for career path discovery in manufacturing and technology for high school students.

PMAEF also awarded $10,000 to the BattleBots IQ program, a nationwide initiative that introduces students to the metalforming industry through the innovation and engineering of robotics. A BattleBots IQ competition serves as the culmination of the robotics curriculum.

PMAEF’s remaining grant budget for this grant cycle is $95,500 and the deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2006. PMAEF accepts requests for funding from organizations and initiatives whose programs and services promote, enhance and/or support the development of a metalforming workforce in the United States. Interested parties can download an application at www.pmaef.org .