WASHINGTON, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute and the Cooper Standard Foundation announced a partnership in support of veterans to obtain manufacturing jobs in Michigan. The Cooper Standard Foundation supports veteran training programs that will assist veterans to prepare for civilian manufacturing at community colleges across Michigan. Macomb Community College is the first college partner, with additional colleges across Michigan to be included over time.

Funds raised through the Careers for Veterans 200 Race, which will be at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 15, 2015, will aid veterans in manufacturing training programs.

Veterans attending Macomb Community College have access to fast-track training in a range of manufacturing programs, including welding, manufacturing technology, machining, robotics, and mechatronics, that are linked to more than 600 employers in southeast Michigan. Funding from the Cooper Standard Foundation will provide assistance for veterans in these manufacturing-related programs with transition services, retention support and employment search.

The funding will also support wrap-around services for veterans to help remove barriers to their participation and completion of training programs, such as food assistance, child care or transportation.  In collaboration with a college adviser at Macomb, veterans and service members will also have the opportunity to design a personal education plan that addresses their needs, builds on their strengths and interests, and outlines a sequence of courses and support services in their chosen manufacturing program of study to achieve their academic and career goals.

The Careers for Veterans 200 Race presented by the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation honors veterans by showcasing the importance of hiring military veterans entering the civilian workforce. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway was named Careers for Veterans 200 to spread the message of hiring veterans into the workforce. As the title sponsor, the race at Michigan International Speedway allows Cooper Standard the opportunity to promote its Careers for Veterans Program on a state and nationwide basis and brings attention to hiring and training veterans. This is the second year in a row that the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation have sponsored the race.

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