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2016 PMPA Education Foundation Golf Outing...

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Port Royal Golf Club - Barony Course
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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The 16th Annual PMPA Education Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Port Royal Golf Club (on the grounds of the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa) in Hilton Head island, South Carolina, during PMPA's 2016 Annual Meeting.  A scramble format will be used - players of all skill levels are invited, and a draft will determine foursomes! sure to join us for the foursomes draft at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening, October 21, during the Annual Meeting President's Welcome Reception at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort.

The $300.00 registration fee includes greens fee, cart, range privileges, lunch and reception. Also included in the registration is a $100.00 donation to the PMPA Education Foundation, which is tax deductible.  Participants in the Golf Outing will receive a statement from the Foundation confirming this tax deductible donation.  All proceeds from the Golf Outing directly benefit the PMPA Education Foundation.

Registration for the PMPA Education Foundation Golf Outing can be made online, along with your Annual Meeting registration.  Or download and complete the 2016 Annual Meeting Reservation Form

About the Course:

Port Royal Golf Club, located on the northwestern point of Hilton Head Island, was named by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts." Situated in Port Royal Plantation along with the luxurious, oceanfront Westin Hilton Head Island Resort, Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club was ranked No. 7 in “The Best 18 – The Greatest Holes Hilton Head and Bluffton” by Hilton Head Monthly, 2015

Barony Course
The Barony course was designed by George Cobb in the early 1960's, and is one of the first courses on the Island. From the tee box many of the holes appear to be relatively open, but as you approach the Bermuda greens, the real challenge becomes clear. The greens are generous and protected by thick rough and unforgiving bunkers, entitling the golfer to have good touch with mid to short-range iron shots. This is a course where accuracy, not length, is paramount.

Would You Like to be a Sponsor of the Golf Outing?

Four levels of sponsorship are available, and the Education Foundation will provide one complimentary golf registration for every $750.00 sponsorship to the outing.  See the 2016 Golf Outing Sponsorship Form for more information and the sponsorship registration form.

Please note that you do not have to attend the golf outing to be a sponsor!

The deadline to submit sponsorship registration (and payment) to PMPA is Friday, October 7, 2016.

PMPA Educational Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity for Fast-Track Solution to the Precision Machining Skills Gap 

Brecksville Ohio, August 3, 2015 - The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) Education Foundation, the leading educational organization supporting precision machining, announced the awarding of two grants to cover the cost of credentialing incurred by organizations interested in offering the Right Skills Now (RSN) program for precision machining. The program kicked off in Ohio, with grants in support of the NIMS credentialing program at Lorain County Community College and Stark State College of Technology, as they launch the Right Skills Now program. The PMPA Educational Foundation's grants will cover the schools' NIMS registration and credentialing fees. Through this initiative, students at the two schools will be able to earn four industry recognized National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications.

"The PMPA Educational Foundation is committed to supporting educational programs like Right Skills Now at Lorain County Community College and Stark State College that provide students with the skills that are most in-demand within the precision machining industry. The need for skilled and credentialed CNC Operators is particularly strong in Ohio," said Miles Free, Director at PMPA.

"This is just the start of the Educational Foundation's support of Right Skills Now," said Dave Knuepfer, Foundation President. "We are looking forward to helping more institutions qualify to issue Right Skills Now credentials and provide the skilled workforce that is needed in all of our shops. As other institutions adopt the RSN program we will consider supporting them with the same level of support. "

Right Skills Now is nationally-recognized as a fast-track solution to providing highly-skilled, certified talent to the shop floor. Students enrolled in the Lorain County Community College or Stark State Right Skills Now program, will complete 16 to 24 weeks of coursework, which provides them with the knowledge and skills demanded in precision machining careers. At the culmination of each course, students complete performance and theory assessments to obtain four industry-recognized NIMS credentials and enter into internships with local employers. Depending on the area of study, students will also receive up to 20 credits towards an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree.

"Since the launch of the Right Skills Now Program in 2011, we have seen tremendous national expansion of this program," said James Wall, NIMS Executive Director. "We hear from companies every day that they need individuals with the right skills, right now and this accelerated program connects individuals with high-paying manufacturing jobs, tackling the skills gap challenge. PMPA Educational Foundation grants will allow for further expansion of the program."

"Access to talented individuals with a high-quality education and advanced skills is critical to manufacturers' success. Right Skills Now is an innovative approach that accelerates an individual's readiness for high demand careers, and positions them for ongoing advancement in the manufacturing sector," said Roy Church, President Lorain County Community College. "Collaboration is at the heart of this program's success. We are particularly proud that ten local employers are working together with Lorain County Community College and our Lorain County Growth Partners to close this critical skills gap."

"Stark State College's mission is to prepare students for high-demand, rewarding careers, and our partnership with PMPA advances that mission," said Para M. Jones, Ph.D., President of Stark State College. "Thanks to PMPA and the competency-based Right Skills Now program, we will provide manufacturers in the region with the skilled machinists they need. Students benefit by gaining the precise skills they need to get good jobs as machinists."

For more information about the Right Skills Now Program, contact Melanie Stover at (703) 352-4971 or by email at

To apply for the grant funding, please contact Jaya Dadlani at (440) 262-5329 or by e-mail at

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