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Welding Artisan Center
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The Welding Artisan Center is proud to have received the following recognition for our contributions to the community.
"Don Martin has proven to be an excellent welding class facilitator."
(January 12, 2012) The Michigan Laborers' Training & Apprenticeship Institute reported that Don Martin exceeded their expectations due to his professionalism and genuine care for students.
"Welding Artisan Center chosen for Wayne State University clinic for non-profits"
(February 2, 2012) The Welding Artisan Center is fortunate to engage pro bono help from the WSU law school to ensure compliance with 501c3 requirements.
"Welding Artisan Center Wins Community Transformation Prize"
(June 20, 2014) A Michigan nonprofit organization that aims to provide career training to veterans, people changing careers, former inmates and at-risk teens is the winner of a prize awarded this month by Consumers Energy and The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW).
News and Reviews for the Welding Artisan Center
Gingras Global Awards "BEST" Rating to Welding Artisan Center
(September 8, 2014) Welding Artisan Center scored the highest rating possible, "BEST," by independent evaluation firm Gingras Global. The firm assesses the financial, operational, and marketing plans of social ventures.
The metro Detroit-based Welding Artisan Center received the Community Transformation Prize through the 2014 Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. The center provides training to meet a growing demand for skilled welders in Michigan.
Opportunity Detroit - Welding Artisan Center - September 26, 2014

(September 26, 2014) Paul W. Smith and Quicken Loans Vice President Stephen Luigi Piazza talk to Gary Hendrickson of Welding Artisan Center. The Welding Artisan Center (WAC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) committed to turning willing apprentices into trained artisans ready for the workforce.

Should You Launch as a For-Profit or Nonprofit

(August 13, 2014) This weeks episode is with Gary Hendrickson from the Welding Artisan Center. We discuss the complexities of starting a social venture and deciding between for-profit or nonprofit legal structures. You will also hear the personal story of a social entrepreneur from Detroit focused on creating jobs for young people. Tons of resources discussed and provided.