Veterans' Benefits:

SMW Local 80 Apprentices that are U.S. Armed Forces Veterans may be eligible for GI Bill benefits during their apprenticeship.  If the apprentice is eligible, GI Bill payments are issued monthly after VA receives certification of hours worked from your employer or union. 


For more information, see the US Department of Veterans Affairs website:

To view the benefits available to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, visit:


SMART Heroes Program:

SMART Heroes provides sheet metal industry training through an accelerated seven-week program for enlisted U.S. Military men and women who plan to enter civilian life within the year, assisting with their successful transition to the civilian workforce and a satisfying lifelong career in the sheet metal industry. 


For more assistance, visit the SMART Heroes website at:


Helmets To Hardhats:

SMW Local 80 Training Center is a proud partner of Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.