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Military Education and Workforce Initiative (MEWI)




The Military Education and Workforce Initiative (MEWI) assists Veterans and service members with their transition from active duty to civilian life.

MEWI enhances employment opportunities for Virginians who have served in the United States Military, and their spouses, by providing a pathway to education, training, certifications, and technology.


  • Assist institutions with creating internship opportunities for Military and Veteran affiliated students
  • Facilitate the employment of military-related graduates by connecting them to V3-certified companies
  • Create employment credentialing pathways through community partnerships
  • Equip Military-connected students with the necessary technology to aid them in their educational endeavors.


Military-related students represent a growing pipeline of talent to Virginia employers. However, these students face obstacles that traditional student may not, which can impede their ability to complete degrees and certifications. MEWI focuses on assisting the education and training of Military-connected students by providing them with the equipment and opportunities to meet the needs of their academic and career aspirations.

The Military Education and Training Workforce Initiative (formerly known as the Training and Education Alliance) is possible through a generous grant from the Altria Group.  Developed with the guidance of a steering committee of 13 Virginia Colleges and Universities combined with in-depth research into the best practices of educational institutions across the United States, the program is both well researched and practical. 

The Military Education and Workforce Initiative is seeking to partner with Virginia Institutions and employers to build the Virginia Veteran workforce to meet the growing talent demands of employers with well-educated, trained, and certified Veterans. Join us today!

The Virginia

SkillBridge Program 

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) approved Virginia  Skillbridge Program provides transitioning service members the opportunity to network with Veteran Certified employers offering internships to eligible applicants, with commander approval, up to six months prior to separation.  Participation in the Virginia SkillBridge program while still serving in the military allows you to gain marketable skills and experience to enhance your civilian career opportunities.

Virginia SkillBridge Program- Available Internships

Virginia SkillBridge in Action

Click the image above to hear about how Brian Heinz utilized the Virginia SkillBridge Program.

Service Member Information and Application- Virginia SkillBridge Program

Virginia SkillBridge FAQs


    What is it?

    A Department of Defense, DoD, approved SkillBridge program.

    What does it do?

    Facilitates internship opportunities between certified employers and service members.

    Who is it for?

    Transitioning service members 180 days out from separation.

    Why should I enroll?

    Provides valuable skills and industry experience in the private sector, while still on active duty.

    How does it work?

    Training occurs in lieu of duty for eligible applicants, with command approval, up to six months prior to separation.


Interested Employer?

Military Educational Enhancement Programs 

Military Education Enhancement Programs are created to provide Military-connected students with education, training, certifications and technology to create employees with industry standards and requirements that employers strive for.

Eastern Education Program

  • Maritime Trades Training Program



    The MTT Program is for individuals
    interested in learning a meaningful
    trade skill they can carry with them for
    the rest of their lives.

    Candidates will start working for
    Newport News Shipbuilding fulltime upon completion of their chosen
    training course.

    • 1 – 3 Week Trades Courses
    • Guaranteed Employment
    • Starting Salaries Range from $50,000
    to $65,000 per year

    Apply Here!!!

    Go from jobless to a $65,000 job in as
    little as 3 weeks!

Military Student Technology Initiative

  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services Military Student Laptop Application

    Through a generous grant from the Altria Group, MEWI was able to partner with the Veterans Services Foundation, the Virginia Community College System and Tech 4 Troops to establish the Veteran Technology Initiative. Through this effort refurbished laptops are available through Virginia Commonwealth University and Brightpoint Community College for Veterans, Military Spouses, and Adult Dependents.

    Apply for enrollment in the Military Education Workforce Technology Project.


    Please note that our application is being updated, and there will be an expansion of available schools that will participate in our Technology Initiative. This initiative will now also be open to adult-dependent children of veterans. 

    Apply Now! 




    ALERT— VMSDEP- Virginia Military Survivors Dependents Education Program

    The VMSDEP and Military Education and Workforce Initiative Laptop Initiative:

    VMSDEP beneficiaries may qualify for a free laptop made possible by a generous grant from the Altria Group. While available, the laptops are provided on a first-come first-serve basis to VMSDEP beneficiaries currently using the benefits at a Virginia public college or university.

    Laptop Application Link –> Apply Now! 




Pathways to Employment

  • In demand, high paying careers are made possible by industry leading educational certifications. Now these certifications are made available to Veterans, spouses, and active duty service members free of charge. This is made possible through the Virginia Department of Veteran Services partnership with the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), Altria Group, and the Veteran Service Foundation to provide Veterans, spouses, and active duty service members with a CCWA Credentialing Grant.

    Participants are eligible to enroll with the CCWA in order to obtain the following certifications for free:


    Comptia Security+

    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect

    Logistics Associate

    Logistics Technician

    OSHA Training

    Lean Practitioner

    Manufacturing Specialist

    Comptia A+

    Comptia Network+

    Learn About Certifications Now!

Vets on Campus Resources

  • Veterans entering college following military service often do not have the same college preparation guidance afforded to traditional college students. As a result, they may find themselves at a disadvantage when transitioning into and functioning successfully within a college environment. Click below to learn more about specific resources for Veteran and Military-related students.

    Learn More Now!


Upcoming Events:

VDVS Networking and Hiring Events

If you are currently transitioning and want an opportunity to meet employers in a more casual environment, join us at one of our hiring and networking events hosted throughout the state with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation and other local partners. Click below for more information on the HIRE VETS NOW Hiring and Networking Events.

Additional dates and registration links are below. Please keep in mind our training is always free and virtual for your convenience.

See Events Now!

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Contact the Military Education & Workforce Initiatives

Military Education & Workforce Initiatives
101 N. 14th Street, 17th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Telephone: 804-482-8509

Name Title Contact Information

John Hall

Military Education & Workforce Initiatives Manager


Zuri Polk

Military Education & Workforce Initiatives Coordinator


Morgan Hyde

Military Education & Workforce Initiatives