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LIFT Launches “Operation Next” To Prepare Future Veterans for Civilian Careers

New model will provide separating military personnel with skills and credentials for the most in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing

LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow in partnership with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Amatrol, the Tennessee Department of Workforce and Gene Haas Foundation — today announced the launch of “Operation Next” – a new model for equipping separating military personnel with the skills and credentials needed for the most in-demand advanced manufacturing civilian careers in the country.

This new national model provides high level technical training to separating soldiers while they are still on active duty, moving them from deployment to career in the shortest time possible and connecting them to some of the more than half-million open jobs in precision machining and industrial technology.

Operation Next brings market leaders in manufacturing training together in a full- service online learning platform that soldiers can access before leaving the service, accelerating their transition into civilian manufacturing careers. The hybrid training program combines self-directed virtual learning with hands-on lab work and gives soldiers foundational knowledge, practical real-world skills, and national industry credentials with immediate value in the labor market.

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These Graduates are Ready for Employment!

Timothy Short

Served 8 years in the US Army

CNC Machine Operator
NIMS CNC Lathe Operator
NIMS CNC Milling Operator
NIMS Measurement, Materials, & Safety
NIMS Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout

Now Available for Employment


Joshua Waterhouse

Served 6 years in the US Army

NIMS Certified – Industrial Technology Maintenance
Electrical Systems and Maintenance Operations

Now Available for Employment



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