Over $9,000 in grant money is coming to New Bedford to help veterans develop new job skills.

State Representative Antonio Cabral of New Bedford announced today that the "Amp It Up!" grant for $9,074 will help the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, coordinate with local veterans.

The veterans will have access to Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech's evening machining and metal working programs, and externships within the school's shops.

"Giving people, particularly veterans, an opportunity to learn about advanced manufacturing is crucial in today's diversified economy," Rep. Cabral said. "These group visits and externships will allow our veterans to tap into the invaluable skills that they already possess to re-enter the workforce."

This is the third "Amp It Up!" grant the Board has received in the last five years, and part of a total $81,410 awarded by MassDevelopment this year.