When our heroes come home, shouldn’t we do everything we can to ensure they have opportunities to support their families and continue to serve with honor? That’s where The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program comes in.
Staff Sergeant Charles Granger tells us that through Heroes MAKE America, he has found not only a new career, but also a new passion in life.
How did you hear about the Heroes MAKE America program, and why did you sign up for the course?
Through the U.S. Army Soldier for Life–Transition Assistance Program. I signed up for my passion and a need for manufacturing jobs.
What was your biggest takeaway from the program?
Seeing manufacturing in action reaffirmed my convictions and passion.
Why do you think veterans are so successful in manufacturing?
Aside from a structured environment and their loyalty and dedication to their work, veterans love the gratification of a finished product or outcome.
How has your vision of manufacturing changed since being a Heroes MAKE America soldier student?
I always thought plants and factories were dark and dirty places. After seeing them in person, they are clean and safe. It’s incredible to witness a product made from start to finish.
What makes you most excited for a future in manufacturing?
The need for manufacturers—a.k.a. job security.
Is there anything else you think people should know about the manufacturing industry?
I think people would be surprised that if they tried manufacturing, they would like it, too.