The Mike Kartsonis National Tool and Machining Scholarship
Mike Kartsonis, Founder of Dynamic Fabrication, is investing in the future of manufacturing with the Mike Kartsonis National Tool and Machining Scholarship. The purpose is to assist in skill development and awareness of the industry for those entering the manufacturing field.
The Kartsonis NTMA Scholarship was created to provide hard-working students a path for success in the manufacturing industry. Kartsonis says there is shortage of skilled craftsmen in the manufacturing industry:
“Although technology is advancing, the manufacturing industry requires experienced and skilled journeymen.”
“It has become extremely difficult to find qualified candidates to hire. Vocational trades are not as prevalent in school systems today as they were in the past, therefore, our biggest challenge as an industry is finding skilled labor,” stated Kartsonis.
“I encourage students to go the extra mile — take classes, read books and stay informed. Also, network with industry professionals and work with a mentor.”
“I began this scholarship program for the NTMA in 2014.”
“Each year it is funded for students looking to learn and grow in the manufacturing industry. As professionals, it is our responsibility to continue the momentum for future industry leaders by contributing to the education and training of new generations,” he added.
The mission of the National Tool and Machining Association is to help members of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve profitable growth and business success in a global economy through advocacy, advice, education, networking, information, programs and services.
Scholarship Selection Criteria:
- Demonstrate financial need (financial aid information needed for verification)
- Maintain a GPA minimum of 3.0 and a minimum of 90% attendance (official transcript needed for verification)
- Must abide with school policy on conduct and behavior
- Must submit a written essay describing your need and how this scholarship will help you overcome and continue to pursue the manufacturing field
Los Angeles County is home to two National Tooling & Machining Association Training Centers located Santa Fe Springs and Ontario. The main 42,000 square foot campus in Santa Fe Springs is equipped with all the necessary state-of-the-art machining equipment and materials essential to successfully train machinists. The 22,000 square foot Ontario campus also has classrooms, computer labs, a workshop and conference rooms.