Pensacola State College Partners with LIFT’s Operation Next Program to Train Transitioning Soldiers, Military Spouses and Veterans

Education, Lightweight Materials, Workforce

LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense national manufacturing innovation institute, and Pensacola State College have announced a partnership to provide free training to transitioning service members, National Guard, Army Reserves, and their families for careers in advanced manufacturing through LIFT’s Operation Next initiative. The program has recently expanded to serve veterans as well.

Through LIFT and the Department of Defense, Operation Next provides an accelerated-hybrid program that combines online education with hands-on training to earn credentials for in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing. Pensacola’s rolling start program will train students in Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Welding. Each year 200,000 service members transition out of the military across the nation.
Serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Northwest Florida, the Pensacola area is home to military bases from virtually all branches of the military, including: Saufley Field, Whiting Field and Forrest Sherman Field/Naval Air Station, home of the Blue Angels.

“LIFT’s work in Florida, particularly its partnership with Pensacola State College through Operation Next, will have a tremendous impact on our workforce and benefit our servicemembers,” said Dr. Edward Meadows, President, Pensacola State College. “We look forward to Operation Next serving the panhandle region and LIFT expanding its presence in the Sunshine State.”

“Pensacola State College has a proud history of serving military members dating back 75 years,” said Kelby Thornton, Coordinator, Corporate Professional Development, Pensacola State College. “Military veterans will be training our Operation Next exiting military students for credentials that will enable them to go to work, including through leveraging our extensive alumni network, or continue their education.”