The SMART Heroes program launched in August 2017 in Western Washington to provide free sheet metal industry training to enlisted U.S. military men and women who will be leaving the military and entering the civilian workforce within the year. The second location in Colorado Springs began offering the same training in August 2019.
The SMART Heroes program provides a stepping stone for veterans to find a lifelong career in the unionized sheet metal industry. Once they graduate from SMART Heroes, they can qualify as a second-year apprentice at one of 148 training centers across the country. More than 500 service members and veterans graduated from the SMART Heroes program in the first five years.