Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society and THORS eLearning Solutions Announce the Launch of NFFS Academy

NFFS Online Foundry Training Academy

Sturgis, Michigan— February 23, 2021 — The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS), a not-for-profit trade association representing the non-ferrous metal casting industry, and THORS eLearning Solutions, a designer of highly acclaimed online manufacturing courses, are pleased to announce the launch of the new NFFS Academy, an online e-learning portal developed to provide cutting edge technical training programs to foundry industry employers and their workforce.

The NFFS Academy provides immediate access to more than 120+ technical courses that were created by THORS on manufacturing topics such as Materials, Engineering Drawings, Quality, Industrial Safety, Industry 4.0, Sales, Manufacturing Processes, and Manufactured Products. These courses were developed with the cooperation of subject matter experts from world-class manufacturing companies and insights from renowned individuals across various industry domains. The courses have been developed utilizing robust instructional design practices – they are visually appealing to the modern learner and highly interactive to promote learner engagement. A full directory of courses in the NFFS Academy is available for NFFS members. For non-members, a full directory of courses can be viewed in the THORS Academy.

In addition to the release of the NFFS Academy, THORS eLearning Solutions and The University of Akron (Ohio, USA) have partnered to offer Certificate of Completion programs in multiple manufacturing disciplines such as mobility, mechanical power transmission, metal castings, forging, engineering drawings, and quality. The University of Akron (UA) has been a longtime leader in preparing individuals for careers in manufacturing with degree programs in Automated and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

NFFS provided their expertise to create the “Green Sand Molding for Aluminum Foundries” UA Certificate of Completion Program. THORS will have this program available in March of 2021. Additional UA Certificate of Completion programs will be released periodically for purchase from the THORS Catalog.  

“Employers have come to depend upon external educational programs to ensure their workforce are properly trained, and to reduce the amount of time required to bring new employees up to speed,” said Jerrod Weaver, NFFS Executive Director. “The NFFS Academy does both in one world-class educational platform, providing students with the opportunity to complete the self-paced training programs online without the need for travel or scheduled classes. Our Society is very excited about the release of the new NFFS Academy, and about our partnership with THORS and the University of Akron to provide foundry specific training programs and certificate courses to the foundry industry.”

“This collaboration has democratized manufacturing education; it empowers individuals, across the globe, to obtain a certificate from a renowned university in the United States,” said Senthil Kumar, founder of THORS eLearning Solutions, and UA graduate. “The benefits of this program are threefold—makes manufacturing knowledge accessible to new entrants into industry, supplements current education to those enrolled in the University, and contributes to the professional development of experienced employees.”

“These programs speed up the learning curve for new employees and set a solid foundation for existing team members,” adds Mr. Kumar.

“This partnership just makes good sense for our students and our manufacturing community,” said Craig Menzemer, dean of the College of Engineering and Polymer Science at UA. “Highly specialized technical skills continue to be in demand by employers. Individuals working in manufacturing in the region or around the world will be able to enhance their skills and further their careers without even leaving home.”   

To learn more about the NFFS Academy and its Certificate of Completion programs, visit

About THORS eLearning Solutions

THORS eLearning Solutions headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is an online marketplace that provides a complete suite of learning and development solutions for the manufacturing industry—certificate programs, standard courses, micro learning courses, and custom courses. THORS eLearning Solutions brings together the best minds across many industries and is continually expanding its course offerings.

About The University of Akron

The University of Akron is the region’s most influential urban public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. The University offers in-demand associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs. A longtime leader in preparing individuals for careers in industry, UA is a known provider of world-class engineering and engineering technology degree programs.

About Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society

Established in 1943, the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS) is a 501(c)(6) trade association serving non-ferrous foundries, die casters, ingot manufacturers, and industry suppliers. NFFS provides a wide variety of membership benefits and services, including written regulatory compliance programs, bi-monthly newsletters, foundry specific safety training programs, economic reports, industry advocacy and representation, members-only affinity programs, technical training, and customer market development activities.