VA is embarking on an innovative, five-year, high-tech training pilot project that was created to prepare Veterans for careers in the high-tech workforce.
A key to this new program is using the expertise of training providers to up-skill Veterans for training programs in computer software, information science, computer programming, media application, and data processing so they can rapidly enter the workforce or move ahead in a career they already have.
The program is called “Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses,” or VET TEC. It’s part of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill.”
VET TEC has an initial annual funding level of $15 million for five years.
How can training providers benefit from VET TEC?
- They’ll be supporting Veterans who have served their country, often at great personal cost
- They’ll be able to train Veterans in a program designed for success, paving the way for Veterans to find new jobs, run their own companies, or advance in their current high-tech careers
- VET TEC training courses will support skill development in today’s most in-demand tech fields, making them attractive employees for the largest tech firms and startups alike
Participating Veterans will be eligible to have mandatory tuition and fees paid as well as receive a housing stipend.
Strategic selection of training providers
VA will review and approve training providers to ensure Veterans who enter VET TEC will have optimal opportunities for success.
VET TEC training providers will operate under an incentivized payment structure designed to ensure Veterans complete the program and get jobs:
- When a Veteran begins their course, 25 percent of tuition and mandatory fees
- When a Veteran graduates, 25 percent of tuition and mandatory fees
- When a Veteran lands meaningful employment in the area of their study and training, 50 percent of tuition and mandatory fees
The vision is for Veterans to enroll in training programs such as coding boot camps and other offerings that take less than a year to complete. Through these courses they will quickly acquire the knowledge and skills to enter the tech workforce as programmers, developers, or in other in-demand high-tech jobs.
VET TEC training provider applications recently opened and Veterans will be able to apply this spring. To find out how to be a part of VET TEC, please visit our webpage. Training providers can follow the link to find out more about how to apply by following the Training Provider link.
If you have questions or would like additional information, email us at: ELR-VETTEC.VBABUF@va.gov. Also, look for additional VET TEC information on the GI Bill website and on VA’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter at @VAVetBenefits.
Veterans Benefits Administration’s Education Service delivers GI Bill® education benefits to Veterans, service members, and their families. Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped millions of Veterans pay for college, graduate school, and training programs.