Education Foundation News

Education Foundation Fundraiser - Painting with a Twist!

PMPA not only boasts skilled machinists, but artists as well, as noted by this small (but enthusiastic) PMPA group who attended an Education Foundation fundraiser in Hudson, Ohio, in mid-November. The Painting With a Twist concept pairs instructional art with friends/co-workers, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art.

"This first-ever event was a total success - everyone had a great time creating a "frame-able" Starry, Starry Night Over Cleveland masterpiece," says Jaya Dadlani, PMPA Education Foundation President.  "Our thanks to Denise Ohlemacher and the Hudson PWAT location for generously donating 100% of the evening's proceeds to the PMPA Education Foundation."



2016 PMPA Education Foundation Golf Outing...Another Successful Fundraising Event!

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Pinecrest Golf Course
Bluffton, SC


Due to the devastation of Hurricane Matthew that closed all golf courses on Hilton Head Island the week prior to PMPA’s Annual Meeting, the 16th Annual PMPA Education Foundation Golf Outing was moved from Port Royal Golf Club to Pinecrest Golf Course in Bluffton, SC. The outing was held on Sunday, October 23, 2016.  A big thank you to all the golfers who joined us on that chilly morning, and a special thank you to the companies and individuals who sponsored the 2016 Golf Outing, generating nearly $20,000.  Revenues from the outing will be used for training grants through the Foundation Grant Fund.

DuPage Machine Products, Inc.
EMC Precision
Metric Machining
Production Machining
Smith & Richardson, Inc.


Federated Insurance
Henning Industrial Software Inc.
Hydromat, Inc.
Mueller Brass Company
PartnerShip, LLC
Precision Plus, Inc.

Alger Precision Machining, LLC
Bracalente Manufacturing Group
Component Sources International, Inc. (CSI Mfg.)
Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
Hudson Precision Products Co.
Mansfield Screw Machine Products Co.

BerkMatics, Inc.
EPCO Products, Inc.
Northern Ohio Printing

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."

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

2016 Golf Outing - Pinecrest Golf Course, Bluffton, SC