The National Tooling and Machining Foundation (NTMF) was established in 1983, to provide financial resources to organizations that develop programs and projects to attract, inspire and prepare the US precision manufacturing workforce.
Through the generous contributions from NTMA members and the metalworking community, the NTMF has strategically utilized their resources to make an impact on closing the manufacturing skills and career interest gap by:
- Supporting the creation and continued growth of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), a national credentialing system that develops the skill standards for metalworking jobs.
- Funding the development and deployment of NTMA-U, a nationally approved online curriculum for machinist and tool & die registered apprenticeship programs.
- Backing the creation and expansion of the National Robotics League, a job-driven, project-based STEM learning experience that engages manufacturing’s next generation through full contact innovation.
- Implementing an annual scholarship program that provides support to deserving students that are pursuing a post-secondary educational pathway to a career in manufacturing.
As a manufacturer, what better investment can you make than to put your resources into the next generation? What would be more valuable than ensuring a bright future for our industry? Your support of the NTMF is vital for many reasons. Please consider a generous donation today.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The NTMF relies on the generosity of companies, foundations, and individuals like you to develop and fund programs that inspire, attract and prepare the US precision manufacturing workforce. Make a cash contribution to support a scholarship or our Fund for Manufacturing’s Future, ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program, donate items or services, participate in NTMF fundraisers, or be creative and host a fundraising event in your area to benefit the Foundation.
Leave a Legacy
Remember us in your will to reduce estate taxes while ensuring the future of our mission. An effective way to help the NTMF in its efforts to narrow the skills gap and raise awareness of manufacturing careers is by establishing a named endowment to fund scholarships or workforce development programs in perpetuity. Another planned giving strategy is to designate the Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan assets. When you leave a portion of your assets to the foundation, you can protect your family members from heavy taxes and get the most value from your retirement savings.
In-kind donations, such as entrustments of manufacturing equipment, offer unique benefits to both schools and businesses. Schools receive state-of-the-art equipment they otherwise cannot afford. Students, in turn, receive critical hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing technology, which allows companies to have access to a workforce that is already familiar with their equipment and technology, resulting in a shorter on-the-job learning curve.
Lend your expertise and knowledge to future manufacturing professionals by serving as an industry advisor for a National Robotics League school team or an advanced manufacturing CTE program. Contact a school or youth organization near you and offer to host a plant tour or be a guest speaker. Invite high school or college students to work at your business through internships, apprenticeships, or mentoring. Whether it’s a large manufacturing company or a small fabricating job shop, you would be providing invaluable hands-on experiences that would also give you an opportunity to evaluate prospective future employees.
The National Tooling & Machining Foundation provides scholarships for students pursuing degrees that will lead to manufacturing careers. Students may only apply for one of the available scholarship opportunities and are able to re-apply for a scholarship annually for as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. The NTMF 2021 Scholarship Application process is now closed. Applications for scholarships will re-open in January 2022. For more information, please contact: Bill Padnos, AMPED & NTMF Executive Director, at 216-264-2828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brock Babb Memorial Scholarship
Open to all students pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of Sergeant Brock A. Babb who gave his life defending our country and our freedom, the son of NTMA long-time members Terry Babb, Apex Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. in Evansville, IN.
Edwin Vobeda Memorial Scholarship
Open to students residing in the Central Time Zone that are pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarship was created from the Edwin F. and Mildred Vobeda Charitable Remainder Trust.
Manufacturing’s Next Generation Scholarship
Open to high school seniors that are currently participating in the National Robotics League program and will be pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor of Roger J. Sustar of the Fredon Corporation in Mentor, OH, who is a champion in promoting the importance of community engagement in closing the skills gap in Northeast Ohio.
Pasco Hernando State College
Major: Engineering Technology
Nominated by: Southern Manufacturing Technologies Inc
Mesa Community College
Major: Manufacturing Production Technology
Nominated by: Modern Industries
Major: Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Nominated by: Peerless Precision Inc
Missouri University of S&T
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Nominated by: Kluba Machine LLC
Mesa Community College
Major: AAS Manufacturing Technology
Nominated by: Empire Precision Machine
Major: Biology and Chemical/Pharmaceutical Engineering
Nominated by: Okuma America Corporation
Major: Precision Machine Technology & Advanced CNC Machining
Nominated by: Major Tool & Machine
Community College of Denver
Major: CNC Machining
Nominated by: Denver Machine Shop / Kendo Inc.