Educational Foundation Awards $25,000 in Grants

Sunday, June 1, 2008
The PMA Educational Foundation (PMAEF) board of trustees awarded grants totaling nearly $25,000 at its meeting on April 21 in Washington, D.C. The board awarded grants to three programs it determined would further the foundation’s mission: To create the means to educate and motivate the current and future workforce of the North American metalforming industry.

• $10,000 to Friends of the Workforce Investment Board, St. Paul, MN, for the replication of the successful M-Powered program. M-Powered began in 2004 as a collaborative effort of Hennepin Community College, HIRED and the PMA Twin Cities District to prepare workers for high-paying, skilled jobs in metalforming. The new initiative will bring a similar program to the east side of the Twin Cities Metro area.

• $10,000 to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills to support the Precision Machining Technology competition at the 2008 SkillsUSA competition.

• $10,000 to WIRE-Net, Cleveland, OH, to support its “School-to-Career; Youth and Adults Forging Careers in Metals Sectors” initiative. The award will be targeted toward the School-to-Career and Project HIP HOP programs. The School-to-Career program works closely with students at Cleveland’s Max Hayes Vocational High School to help them navigate from an education in manufacturing to a career in manufacturing. First-year Project HIP HOP (helping to improve post-high occupational progress) targets Cleveland’s at-risk young adults in danger of becoming permanently detached from the labor market; Project HIP HOP helps them gain access to resources needed for a career in manufacturing.

PMAEF accepts requests for funding from organizations whose initiatives, programs and services promote, enhance or support the development of a metalforming workforce in the United States. The deadline to submit applications for the next grant cycle is October 1.

Qualified organizations can download an application at, or 216/901-8800.


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