PMPA Foundation

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The PMPA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed for educational and research purposes related to the Precision Machined Products Industry.

Grant funds are currently available to assist individuals, schools and companies for education and training activities related to the precision machining industry. 

Mission:  To promote and fund education, training and career opportunities in the Precision Machining Industry.

Objectives:  The Foundation was organized exclusively for charitable (including educational and research) purposes related to the Precision Machined Products Industry.  Three primary areas of focus have been identified for Foundation work:
• Establish partnerships with high schools and technical colleges providing or developing metalworking training programs.
• Collect, maintain and communicate information on training programs for the Industry provided by various vendors, including machine tool builders, schools and training program vendors.
• Support the development of Industry-specific skills standards for new metalworking technologies and revision of existing standards to meet the current needs of the Precision Machined Products Industry.

History of the Foundation

In September of 1999, the PMPA Board of Trustees approved the formation of the PMPA Educational Foundation to receive a large contribution from Richard and Joan Parker of Metric Machining (Ontario, CA).  In June, 2000, the Foundation received a favorable ruling from the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization so that it could begin its work. 

The Foundation has its own Bylaws that outline how it is to operate. Its fiscal year follows that of PMPA.   The Foundation Board of Directors is appointed by the PMPA Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board of Directors elects its own officers.

Education Foundation Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board: David R. Knuepfer, DuPage Machine Products, Inc.
Bryan Albrecht, Gateway Technical College
Harry S. Eighmy, American Turned Products
Darlene Miller, Permac Industries
David Parker, Metric Machining
Michael Reader, Precision Plus, Inc.
Erik Skie, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP