CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Local veterans looking to get back into the workforce are getting some help thanks to a new scholarship program.
For 15 years, Jim Ware ran a home remodeling business, but today the single dad is showing his son Central Piedmont Community College, the school that’s going to train him for a whole new career.
"Hopefully he’s proud of me and I think basically he is. It’s been me and him since he was a little guy. He’s one of my driving aspects as far as getting through the academy,” Ware said.
A former Air Force jet mechanic, Ware will start basic law enforcement training at CPCC next month thanks to a new federal program that pays for a new group of veterans to go back to school.
Since the program was announced earlier this month, 35,000 vets have applied nationwide. The new program targets veterans who have been out of the service for awhile and are unemployed.
”I think the impression most of us have on the civilian side (is) once someone has served in the military everything is set for them, particularly on their education and they go to school for free,” said Chelsey McRorie, who runs the veterans service resource center at CPCC.
Even Ware didn't know he could get help.
“I didn’t think I was eligible for any benefits,” he said.
Now he’s excited about fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a cop.
“He wants to be a police officer, and it’s pretty cool because he can help people,” said Ware’s son, Dalton.
The program is designed to get people trained in jobs that the Department of Labor calls high demand.