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Paving the way to a sustainable workforce for advanced manufacturing.

Our Mission

The IWA, a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit, is one of the northeast region’s leading advanced manufacturing workforce-development training organizations. We provide essential programming for incumbent and in-transition workers, and college and non-college bound students; from energy to aerospace, pharmaceuticals to building trades. The IWA partners with industry, government, and educational institutions to fill the employment pipeline for in-demand engineers, and installation and technical service workers, with a focus on hard-to-fill positions, and on low-income, high needs communities.

The IWA also works with national research and training institutions to ensure our programs consistently meet and exceed local and national skills requirements.

We're solving big problems

Breaking Belief Barriers

Let’s break the student ” I can’t ” belief barrier. We have an emphasis on underserved communities. Everyone has the potential to succeed through the Institute for Workforce Advancement. 

Bringing Women into Advanced Manufacturing & Composites

Women represent only 29% of total workers in STEM fields, although this number varies greatly across different STEM industries. The demand and opportunity for women to enter the composite & advanced manufacturing industry are limitless.

Creating Racial Equity in the Workforce

Students of color, who represent a combined 26% of the U.S. population (21 years or older), account for only 15% of STEM college degree holders and 11% of the STEM workforce.

Founding Team

Ray Farrell

Chairman of the Board

Phil Rugile

Executive Director

Michael McQuillan

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Susan McQuillan

Administrative & Operations Coordinator

Our Intern Support Team

Abigail Holmes

Arianna Shebar

Gavin Cunningham

Sydney LeGuillow

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Location

Composite Prototyping Center DBA Institute for Workforce Advancement

P.O. Box 7066
Wantagh, NY 11793
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