Two dozen veterans graduated today from a first-of-its-kind internship right here in East Tennessee.
The US Department of Energy sponsored the advanced manufacturing internship. Veterans spent time in class at Pellissippi State and in the lab at ORNL.
Leaders say it's a way for our veterans to transition from the service to civilian life and learn about a growing industry.
"Wr have a workforce that is coming out of the Army, coming out of the military, and needs some sort of transition and this is in my opinion the perfect way to do that," said participant and Army veteran Nicholas Leak.
"We're creating great job opportunities for America's veterans and America's young people and giving them the skills to lead the future. We're creating the groundwork for prosperity for the nation and reducing carbon. It's a win-win all the way around," said Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of U.S. Energy.
The veterans specifically worked with 3-D printing during the program. Some have already received attention from possible employers.
One of the graduates of the program is an Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. He sat down with John Becker in our Service and Sacrifice segment earlier this week. You can see that interview attached to this story.