CCAI Partners with Workshops for Warriors

Announces Finishing for Warriors Program

Workshops for Warriors students have the opportunity to earn third party nationally recognized credentials through programs that incorporate both hands on and classroom learning.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and Workshops for Warriors entered into an agreement on September 6, 2017, to develop an industrial finishing certificate program for Workshops for Warriors students. The program, Finishing for Warriors, is scheduled to be launched in 2019.

Finishing for Warriors will provide Veterans, Wounded Warriors and Transitioning Service Members the opportunity to participate in quality training and receive a certificate to prepare them for a career in industrial finishing at a variety of levels. The CCAI-developed curriculum will include several certificate programs, including a Liquid Coating Certificate, Powder Coating Certificate, Master Liquid Coating Certificate, Master Powder Coating Certificate, and a Master Finishing Certificate. Program duration ranges from 4 to 16 weeks and includes both classroom and hands-on learning.

A Workshops for Warriors student receives his graduation certificate from Hernán Luis y Prado, Workshops for Warriors Founder and CEO.

“Workshops for Warriors always talks about the idea that people love Veterans, but loving a Veteran doesn’t make them a good welder, fabricator, or machinist. The certifications and nationally recognized credentials earned at Workshops for Warriors are critical to future success for the Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members enrolled at our school, and we look forward to adding additional courses of instruction in 2019 for those interested in pursuing a career in industrial finishing,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, Workshops for Warriors Founder and CEO. “CCAI is the best at what they do, and we are honored to have them on our side as we bring advanced manufacturing back to America, one Veteran at a time.”

“The Finishing for Warriors program aligns perfectly with CCAI’s initiative to increase awareness of the finishing industry and the quality careers it offers. We are honored to be able to provide this program in conjunction with Workshops for Warriors to assist in training and placing our nation’s Veterans, Wounded Warriors and Transitioning Service Members,” states Anne Goyer, CCAI’s Executive Director.

Held at the Workshops for Warriors facility in San Diego, program training materials will be provided by CCAI for students at no cost. In addition, CCAI will work with members to secure donations of equipment and installation required for hands-on training and will identify qualified personnel to teach both the liquid and powder coating curricula.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies. CCAI works to raise the standards of finishing operations through educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, educational videos, and outreach programs with schools, colleges and universities.

Workshops for Warriors

The mission of Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit school, is to provide a nationally scalable and repeatable platform to provide quality training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third party nationally recognized credentials to enable Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field. More information is available at