WEYERS CAVE --Community colleges in Virginia received grants to help put veterans back to work. The grants are from the Virginia Industry Foundation, or VIF.
Some of the grants will go to the Valley. The grants will help veterans attending Blue Ridge Community College.
Grants will be offered to military veterans who are going into manufacturing careers. The plan is called M2M, Military to Manufacturing.
This program will be used at community colleges around the state. The goal is to help veterans transition from the military into a new field.
A spokeswoman with the VIF said the organization wanted to have an 81-percent placement rate after vets graduate. Veterans at Blue Ridge Community College said opportunities like these could open new doors.
"This means it's going to be a second chance at life, I mean, the opportunities are hard when you first get out of the military, I can vouch for that personally. Coming to school has helped me striving for my own dreams and that right there is going to help other veterans for what they are striving for," said Cpl. Keith G., II.
The program will also offer veterans a certification in the manufacturing field. The grant will also go towards any remedial classes needed to graduate.