The Department of Workforce Services announces that Arkansas recently received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, to provide employment, training and supportive services to veterans around the state.

Arkansas was one of 11 recipients of the Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program grant, which totaled $11.53 million. Arkansas’ program, titled the Arkansas Veterans Education and Training Partnership, will assist 450 veterans over a three-year period and train 360 for jobs in health care and energy efficiency/renewable energy. Each veteran who qualifies for the program can receive up to $1,000 to offset training costs and an additional $500 for supportive services such as child care and transportation.

Workforce Services is the grant recipient and will partner with ARVets, the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition.

Veterans who meet one of the following criteria may qualify for the program: veterans with service-connected disabilities; those who have significant barriers to employment such as a lack of education and work experience; veterans who served on active duty during a war, campaign or expedition; and veterans who apply within 48 months of discharge from the military.

The ARVets case manager also will assess the veteran to determine if supportive services, such as health care, counseling, rehabilitation and other services are needed. Once the needs have been identified, an Individualized Employment Plan will be developed.

Once a plan is developed, the veteran will be referred to one of the 22 two-year colleges or one of the seven apprenticeship programs. AATYC represents the two-year colleges and will oversee the coordination and training for selected participants.

The Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition will assist with recruiting and training participants who choose to pursue an apprenticeship program.

Upon completion of a training program, Workforce Services veterans staff will assist with job placement. Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives will work with employers and job seekers to assist with their employment needs. The two-year colleges and apprenticeship programs also will assist with job placement upon graduation.

For more information, veterans should contact ARVets at 246-5341 or a Workforce Services veterans representative. A listing can be found at