The recently approved Michigan budget funnels $200,000 to a jobs initiative that is meant to funnel veterans to careers in the building trades.

"Helmets to Hardhats" is a national non-profit which works to alert members of all branches of military service to potential careers in the construction trades, an area where skilled labor is in short supply.

Michigan is one state in the country in which a lack of skilled labor is thought to be costing the state potential new jobs. Efforts in Battle Creek have been underway in an attempt to funnel more workers toward apprenticeships and skilled trades education - much of which is a work-while-you-learn opportunity with no school debt.

Click the player above to hear more from Darrell Roberts, executive director of Helmets to Hardhats.

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