LITTLE ROCK — The state Department of Workforce Services announced Thursday it has received a $1.2 million grant to provide employment training and supportive services to veterans.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Services, will assist about 450 veterans over a three-year period and train about 360 for jobs in the health care and energy efficiency and renewable energy fields, DWS said.
"This grant will help us train and assist these men and women who have given their time, effort and heart to serving our country," DWS Director Artee Williams said in a news release.
Each veteran who qualifies for the program is eligible for up to $1,000 to offset training costs and an additional $500 to help with child care and transportation while in the program.
While DWS is recipient of the grant, the agency is partnering with ARVets, the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition.
To qualify for the program, veterans must meet one of the following criteria:
—Must have served on active duty during a war, campaign or expedition.
—Must have been discharged from the military within 48 months.
—Must have a significant barrier to employment, such as lack of education and work experience.
—Must have service-connected disability.