We are proud to formally announce that Prodigy has been selected as one of eight recipients of the 2018 American Mold Manufacturing Advancement Grants. As a recipient, we are to use the grant money to further workforce development, and intend to do so right here in the community.
The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) is an Indianapolis-based trade association aimed at prioritizing workforce development through educational outreach. To date, the company has awarded close to $150,000 to member companies--$54,000 of which was awarded this year.
The AMBA's mission is to educate not only students and parents, but educators themselves about the career opportunities available in the mold-making industry. In implementing this grant program, the company is able to spark interest in young minds and create awareness of apprenticeship programs that provide them with the ability to adopt the skills needed to become knowledgeable tradesmen.
Money from the grant can be used for a variety of different things; however, it must fall within one of three main topic areas: advocacy/industry promotion, research and development. This year's awarded funds will focus on students at a variety of grade levels, with programming including things like job shadowing, apprenticeship programs, technical training, CNC software, career and technical education, robotics competitions, Manufacturing Day activities and manufacturing camps.
We intend to use the money within the classroom, upgrading necessary software and hardware to further educational efforts within the community.
"We are honored," owner and founder Darrin Schmitt said. "There are so many different companies that apply for this grant each year, so we are very thankful for being chosen as a 2018 recipient. We are looking forward to putting the money to work and molding the minds of young innovators in our community.