In the U.S. Air Force, Chris Morin worked on a team that had the keys to nuclear weapons. But in the civilian world, his technical skills didn’t get as much respect.

That changed recently when Morin and 22 other U.S. military veterans enrolled in the first Milwaukee-held class of the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing.

The program, a partnership between Rockwell Automation Inc. and ManpowerGroup, aims to get veterans into high-skill technical jobs where there’s a serious worker shortage.

It draws on what veterans learned in the military, and their aptitude for similar training, in an intensive course that covers about two years worth of material in three months. Read the full story here.