If you’re a military veteran, you may be eligible for a new five-year pilot program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that covers the cost of technology classes and training to help you start or advance a career in information technology (IT).
Launched in April, the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program covers the cost of tuition for tech-related programs offered through approved providers. Veterans may also be eligible for a housing stipend during their training.
Classes must be taken in one of the following five areas:
- Information science
- Computer programming
- Data processing
- Media applications
- Computer software
VET TEC is designed to help veterans quickly gain high-tech skills that are in demand by employers, without having to use their GI Bill entitlement. Programs such as coding boot camps may take just months or weeks to complete.
If you have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill entitlement, you may be eligible for the VET TEC program. You can apply by submitting an online application through the VA website. Once your eligibility for VET TEC has been determined, you need to apply for (and enroll in) a training program through a VA-approved Training Provider. The Training Provider will also provide job placement services to help you secure employment once you have completed your program.
For more information on this new opportunity, visit va.gov.