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The nation has an obligation and commitment to our veterans. Two years ago, President Obama issued a challenge to the private sector to train or hire 100,000 veterans by the end of this year and unemployment rates for veterans have been dropping. One organization which is meeting this challenge is TechShop.

TechShop is a dream workshop loaded with laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metal working shop, a textiles department, welding stations and a waterjet cutter and staffed with experts on $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. You provide the creativity and they provide the tools, space and training. They operate on a membership basis and haves classes available from everything from Autodesk Inventor to injection molding to using a basic sewing machine.

They currently have six venues across the country including TechShop Pittsburgh located in Bakery Square.

In partnership with General Electric (GE) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI), TechShop is offering veterans of all eras a chance to apply for free one-year memberships which include $350 worth of classes.

If you’re a veteran interested in becoming more competitive in the job market or you want to pursue an entrepreneurial goal, apply online now! These memberships are available on a first come, first serve basis. (You’ll also need to verify your status with Troop ID to apply.)