WASHINGTON, -  The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturing Institute is addressing the urgent workforce crisis head-on by expanding its successful service member training program into Fort Hood, one of the world’s largest military installations.

While 80 percent of manufacturers report difficulty filling open positions, more than 200,000 service members return to civilian life each year in search of a new career. The Heroes MAKE America program connects these heroes to modern manufacturing by providing critical skills and helping them find a job. To date, more than 85 percent of Heroes MAKE America graduates have been placed successfully into jobs after completing the program.

“Heroes MAKE America is more than just a game-changer for an industry in need of skilled workers—it’s an important way to give back to dedicated men and women who have lived a life of service in uniform,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Heroes has helped provide pathways to well-paying and high-skill careers for several classes of returning soldiers at Fort Riley, already and I believe it will continue to do so at Fort Hood today. We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors who continue to make this important program possible.”

Thanks to the support of great industry sponsors, including the Allergan Foundation, Arconic Foundation, Cooper Standard Foundation, National Gypsum Company, Newpark Resources, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Procter & Gamble and the Walmart Foundation, as well as Association Partner Network sponsors: Associated Equipment Distributors, National Fluid Power Association and the Vinyl Siding Institute, Heroes MAKE America is growing rapidly since launching at Fort Riley, Kansas, at the beginning of 2018.

The Institute appreciates the Trump administration's focus on the urgent workforce crisis facing the manufacturing industry. To join this effort, learn more at www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

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