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SHARP Transitions

Spending 12 years teaching practical hands on engineering curriculum at a University I found myself upset with the business of education and the student population. I honestly left with intentions to focus on industry only to further realize the need for applied vocational training.  

Interesting Statistics


  • Each year, approximately 20,000 youth will age out of the foster care system in the US.

  • There are 74.2 million people under 18 in the United States. That’s 24% of the total population.

  • Nearly 40% of children in the United States live in low-income families with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

  • Only 1 in 10 youth from low-income families go on to graduate from a four-year college, compared with 28% of youth from middle-income families and 50% of youth from high-income families.

  • 70 percent of young adults today are ineligible to join the U.S. military because they fail academic, moral or health qualifications.

  • 354 Children are arrested every day in America

  • 180 Children are arrested for violent crimes. 

  • Approximately 50% of those from high income families will have a four year college degree by the age of 25; from low income families, only 10% will.

To Provide Pathways to Education and Elite Talent Pools

Who do we want to be?

  • We are educational facilitators with field experience. Think of us like a personal trainer for education!

  • We have partnered with industry recognized educational platforms to provide tailored educational opportunities where students can study specific topics in a fast paced educational environment at no cost to the student.

  • We are validating educational credentials with industry recognized certifications provided by our educational partners..

  • We are minimizing the need for internal company training personnel. 

  • We are allowing industry to have a voice.

  • We are providing industrial sponsors with live data and access to our talent pool.

Nontraditional Approach to Professional Development

What's so different?

  • Proctored Third Party Certifications 

  • Real World Exercises 

  • Sponsored Projects 

  • Dynamic Program

  • Able to shift curriculum on the fly

  • Synchronous Delivery 

  • The missing link to web based learning

Student Vetting

New students?

  • Currently we are working with a regional Christian-based residential program from young men ages 16 & over as a placement location after they have completed some basic vocational training at their facility. The program is committed to helping at-risk young men heal & mature emotionally, academically, spiritually, and vocationally.  It is critical that potential students see the need for change in their lives, be open to the therapeutic, spiritual, and educational opportunities we offer, and be willing to apply lessons learned to their lives. Below are some general criteria:

  • The Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS)

  • The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)

  • Youth who stay on voluntarily once they are off commitment.

  • Criteria for admission are as follows:

  • The youth must be at least 16 years of age

  • He must have a current psychological evaluation (within the last 2 years)

  • The program must be able to meet the needs of the applicant

  • He must WANT help and realize the need for change in his life

Applied Educational Partner-




  • >500 unique online classes, 

  • Instructor-led training titles plus custom classes

  • Every online class has been reviewed and validated by industry experts, 

  • Every instructor-led class is delivered by experts that have been carefully vetted to ensure training is delivered by the best in industry.

Topic Include:

  • General Safety

  • Applied Mathematics

  • Workforce Essentials

  • Materials 

  • Blueprint Reading

  • Inspection 

  • Quality

  • Lean

  • PLC

  • Welding

  • Leadership

  • Manual Machining 

  • CNC Machining

  • CNC Programming

  • Haas Controls

  • NIMS

  • Work Holding

  • Rigging 

  • Motor Controls

  • + Much More!

Software Educational Partner



  • Course Catalog centered on software instruction 

  • Solidworks- 292 Courses 600hrs of Content 

  • Inventor-30 Courses >100hrs of Content 

  • AutoCad-20 Courses >70hrs of Content

  • Revit-10+ Courses >60hrs of Content

  • Fusion

  • Vault

  • SketchUP

  • Distance Learning

  • Engineering Graphics

  • GD&T

  • Mastercam

  • FEA

  • DFM

  • Arduino

  • Camworks

  • 3D Printing




  • Solid Edge

  • Meshmixer

  • Rhino

  • Bluebeam

  • Onshape

Industry Benefits 

Countless benefits I could go on for days!

  • Hands on dedicated workers are highly sought after and hard to find.

  • Vocational training traditionally comes at a cost either time or money 

  • Tailored training to directly align with specific industry needs. 


    • This population so far has been the most dedicated to improving their standard of living and are will to work at improving their skills to get there. ​

  • Cost Reduction of Future Employee

    • Transitions Student

    • ZERO Student Debt

    • Starting Salary will vary based on certificates completed and level of competency.

    • This student does not have the 10K/year overhead and payment associated with student loans which should net a more economical asset for the company..

Like I said I could go on and on but for me the greatest benefit is knowing that I am trying to make a difference!

Portal Facility

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Phase One!

  • Utilize Existing 30,000 sqft space for on the floor training

  • Finalize Classroom Space and Computer Lab Space

  • One student already on site as a pilot student


How a Person Could get Involved


We are asking for help in all shapes and sizes. ​Until the program is fully established everything thus far has been internally funded either personally or via a monthly supporter. ​

To become a monthly supporter click the button below


  • A volunteer to assist us with some paperwork associated with a 501C and this type of program would be benificial.

  • The classroom space currently has an in operable AC unit. Someone vandalized the unit prior to us using the building so an AC Tech is needed that could provide material and labor to tie in a compressor to an existing line set and charge the unit.

  • Electrical contractor volunteers would be beneficial to eliminate some of the old improperly terminated wiring from previous tenants and maybe update a few lighting fixtures.

  • Volunteer instructors for trade specific topics potentially one evening a week for a specific topic

  • A volunteer to help me with the list of volunteers LOL

How an Industry Could get Involved

We are seeking the following:

  • sponsored student positions that would evolve into potential employees

  • meetings to discuss the educational model

  • industrial advisors

  • volunteer special topic instructors

  • surplus equipment

  • sponsor for 10 CAD/Engineering computers

    • something capable of running typical CAD/CAM software​

  • Potential new equipment sponsors or mfg partners 

    • there is an option to bring your production on site as a teaching tool to provide mutually beneficial relationship with reasonable expectations. ​

We have the added flexibility private program thus NDAs and partnering will be easier.  

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