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Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Inc

Training veterans changing outcomes

aka VWI Inc.   |   Little Creek, DE   |  www.veteranswatchmakerinitiative.org

Mission

The focus of the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative is to provide veterans, primarily disabled veterans, with the skill set necessary to professionally repair and restore time pieces. This service is provided at no cost to the veteran.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative technical school is the only school of its kind in the United States. The skill set that the students develop will provide them the "Dignity of Purpose" and a professional living for the rest of their lives

Ruling year info

2012

Chairman

Mr. Samuel G. Cannan

Main address

PO Box 329

Little Creek, DE 19961 USA

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EIN

45-2654601

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative addresses the need for employment training for disabled veterans returning from war. The VWI program addresses this area of concern by providing vocational training to disabled veterans at no charge to the student.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Watchmaker Course (14 Month)

The Watchmaker Program

The full Watchmaker Program will be 14 months in length (1840 hours) of intensive watch repair training.

When the student completes the program, they will be fully capable of making any repair to mechanical or quartz watches.

The student will have to satisfactorily complete competency tests as each new module is completed.

A comprehensive final exam will have to be passed in order to graduate from our program.
The students during the course will complete a school watch.


The following areas will be covered in detail in the Watchmaker Program.

Tools: their proper names, usage and maintenance

Micro Mechanics: making tools, annealing and heat treating

Introduction to Watch Theory and basic repair

Lathe and Turning

Staffing

Jeweling

Making parts to include stems, staffs and jewel settings

Escapements with emphasis on the Swiss Lever

Hairspring Manipulation and Vibration

Introduction to Quartz Watch Theory

Quartz Watch service and repair

Watch case restoration and repair

Case and bracelet service and repair

Calendar mechanisms and complications

Chronographs

Precision Timing

Business practices and issues

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Watch Technician Program

The Watch Technician program is our short course.

The duration of the course is six (6) weeks (260 hrs.) of intensive training.

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be able to complete standard repairs on all types of quartz watches and allows the graduate to enter the job market as a quartz watch technician.

In this program each student must satisfactorily complete repairs on five test watches.

This skill set is perfect for a retail environment, working at a jewelry department’s service counter, or an independent contractor completing repairs offsite.

The following areas will be covered in the Watch Technician program.

Introduction to tools, proper usage and their maintenance

Introduction to quartz theory

Introduction to testing equipment

Electrical diagnosis and fault detection

Circuit board repair and replacement

Case opening / closing techniques

Cell replacement

Basic movement cleaning

Movement replacement

Gasket replacement

Stem, crown and case tube replacement

Crystal replacement

Waterproofing and use of associated testing equipment

Bracelet adjustments and strap replacement

Case and bracelet refinishing

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Delaware Department of Higher Education 2012

American watch and Clockmakers Institute 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients passing job skill competency exams or assessments after completing course

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Watch Technician Program (6 Week Course)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

5 of the 6 technician passed the competency exams and will be moving on to the full program

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Watchmaker Course (14 Month)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Watch Technician Program (6 Week Course)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The program stresses strong technical skills and requires deep dexterity as a consequence to the level of skill required, sometime we lose a student. but develops confidence.

Number of clients still enrolled after the first week of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Watch Technician Program (6 Week Course)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who attain economic stability within two years of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel

Related Program

Watchmaker Course (14 Month)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students that graduate are employed in the field. The have gotten job offers and or have accepted a job offer

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal is to provide free vocational training to disable and able bodied veterans. This training, when completed will provide a skill set that is marketable all over the world

The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Inc. has created a specialized training school in Odessa Delaware specifically for the training of disabled veterans. Additionally, VWI has now acquired the housing component so students from across the country have a place to stay when training.

The new VWI facility can provide specialized skills training for six students at one time and with the planned expansion in the near future we will be able to train sixteen veterans at any given time.
Our new residence provides housing while training.

The VWI has been able to obtain through donation all the necessary equipment to start the vocational training. VWI has been able to negotiate a special lease with the New Castle County Delaware government for a facility for training. Total cost of facility $1.00 per year for the new 20 years. The veterans Watchmaker Initiative has started the training program as of September 12, 2017.
Our expanded facilities can now provide training and housing for nine students at a time.
Due to a major donation VWI has been able to purchase the property with a historic house next to our school. WE are currently raising funds for a full renovation of the home.

Financials

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Operations

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Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Samuel Cannan

Joe Borella

DRS Inc. (NYC)

Herb Konowitz

retired

Dave Skocik

PR Delaware

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No