War2In Inspection Training Program Relocating to Bellemont
War2In, an innovative training program that certifies veterans and others in the lucrative field of non-destructive testing (NDT), is relocating from the Moonshot at NACET business accelerator to its own, larger facility in nearby Bellemont.
War2In – the name is a shortening of "Warrior To Inspector" – was the first Moonshot client to occupy the accelerator at NACET when it opened in October 2015.
"In about three years, we outgrew our space in the accelerator," said Kenny Greene, War2In's founder and one of its two instructors. "It's perfect evidence of how well NACET is working; it's a good program and a good process."
Greene's company teaches students, primarily veterans transitioning into civilian life, the basics of NDT, which uses numerous techniques to evaluate the properties of materials and components without damaging what is being tested. NDT methods have applications that range from making sure a ski resort chairlift is safe to estimating how much pressure a pipeline can withstand. The most common NDT jobs are in the energy sector.
Unlike many NDT schools, however, War2In also includes the more than 1,000 hours of on-the-job training that is required to become certified in these techniques.
The school's new 6,000-square-foot Bellemont facility will quadruple the indoor space War2In currently has at the accelerator. The additional space will help accommodate an anticipated increase in students. The school's enrollment has doubled in the past year and War2In is in the final stages of a review by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to determine if veterans can access GI Bill benefits to pay for the program.
As the program has grown, it has also become more diverse. Originally started to connect veterans to jobs, about 25% of its students now are civilians. The school will also welcome its first female student next year.
About Moonshot at NACET: The Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) hosts a business incubator and accelerator in its state-of-the-art facility featuring 38,000 square feet of wet labs, suites, offices and manufacturing space. With the 'Moonshot' initiative, NACET recruits next-generation entrepreneurs pursuing imaginative, ambitious and even radical new commercial ideas for a rigorous, four-track process to develop a minimum viable product or investment-ready concept for the marketplace.