Episode 56: Featuring Mark Berger and Hernan Luis Y Prado

Mark Berger - CEO and President of Partners with Industry

75% of those with disabilities in the San Diego area do not or cannot find jobs. Partners With Industry is changing that. PWI began in California in 1985. Mark Berger, CEO and President of Partners with Industry sat down with Rise Up Radio host Jared Kelley to talk about the great work PWI is doing in getting individuals with disabilities to work and in many cases back to work. “We don’t use the word disability, we are focused on the word abilities”, Berger explains. Berger, who was trained in social work was named “Most Admired CEO” by the San Diego Business Journal. PWI creates opportunities for more adults who have a disability to enter into the workforce by giving no cost occupational evaluations, job training, job placement, and often needed support. The nonprofit organization works with people who are going through a transition such as someone who because of an injury can no longer work at their trade, those who have Autism, Downs Syndrome or other types of mental or physical challenges. Berger explains to Kelley that 650 people with disabilities went to work thanks to PWI who worked to help them gain employment they may otherwise not have been matched with.

Hernán Luis y Prado - Workshops for Warriors

Hernán Luis y Prado is the CEO and Founder of Workshops for Warriors, a 501 ©3 nonprofit school dedicated to the training and certification of Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members into advanced manufacturing careers. All students leave with nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials. Workshops for Warriors is currently the only accredited advanced manufacturing training center for Veterans in the Nation and has created a national scalable and repeatable platform.  Hernán served in the United States Navy for fifteen years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Surface Warfare Officer. Hernán had three combat tours of duty In Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduate of the Navy Surface Warfare Officer School. Hernán’s personal decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon, as well as various unit and service awards. In 2013, Hernán was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for Workshops for Warriors’ extensive work and achievements to transition military veterans into advanced manufacturing careers.  In 2014, Hernán received the “Keith M. Turnham Humanitarian Award” for his recognition of his military service and his continued commitment to serving the communities of San Diego. In 2015, Hernán was recognized by the California State Legislature as the “80th Assembly District for 2015 Veteran of the Year.” Workshops for Warriors solves two of America’s most pressing needs. One is the lack of advanced manufacturing talent in the United States of America, and the fact that Veterans weren’t able to integrate successfully into civilian life again. Workshops for Warriors 16-week accelerated machining and welding courses taught by award winning instructors give our Veterans a pass to financial freedom and a career to support their families and continue to give back to the America they fought for. The best part: This training is no cost to the Veteran. Because Workshops for Warriors cannot receive GI Bill funding until April 2019, the school is funded through corporate and private donations.


Take Action

1. PWI will be having an event May 4th. Make sure to visit their website here for more details and to learn more about their one of a kind work.

2. Ways to help Workshops for Warriors

- Champion our cause and ask influencers and your elected Politicians to have Workshops for Warriors expand to your location.

-  Invite others to engage by visiting our website and requesting a tour of our advanced manufacturing training center.

-  Invest in America. Take a stand by donating. Visit wfwusa.org to learn more.