This spring, Rancho Santa Fe resident Dick Arendsee was introduced to Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit school that trains veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members for careers in advanced manufacturing. After meeting with founder and CEO Hernán Luis y Prado and touring the facility, Arendsee began championing the cause, even going so far as to transport his friends by bus to the 10th Anniversary Gala onboard the USS Midway. Workshops for Warriors is a nonprofit that Arendsee and his wife, Judy, ardently support.

Founded in 2008, Workshops for Warriors is a state-licensed, board governed, fully audited 501(c)3 nonprofit school. Workshops for Warriors provides quality hands-on training, accredited STEM educational programs and opportunities to earn third party nationally recognized credentials in machining and welding at no cost to veterans. Graduates obtain portable, stackable credentials after successful completion of an intensive 16-week program that includes both classroom and hands-on training. In addition, students receive job-readiness training and are frequently hired during the career fairs held every semester.