Veterans Affairs helps get vets good jobs in IT

I feel that vets have earned the opportunity to get the training that gets them good jobs as civilians, and there’re a lot in Information Tech. However, it’s hard to find that training, and hard to make a living during a long training program.

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the pilot for its new Accelerated Learning Program, and is opening applications for it today. The VA website with all the information and application instructions is at

The deal with ALP is that it helps transitioning service members and Veterans learn new skills and earn new certifications — quickly and at no cost — to give them serious advantages when it comes to getting a good new job in IT.

I’d like you to help by sharing this where vets and service members might find it, since it’s hard to reach them with free benefits, like VA Clinical support.

Here’s the deal:

  • Seven ALP courses are being piloted this summer that focus on the skills and credentials needed for careers in IT.
  • These ALPs are six-months-or-less programs that lead to industry-recognized certifications and hirable skills in the IT job market.
  • Each ALP course is offered at no cost and includes free job referral and support services that take advantage of each training provider’s vast employer partner network.
  • Participation in ALPs does not involve use of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits; Servicemembers and Veterans may participate in ALPs in addition to pursuing other programs of study that use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
  • Courses are available online, in the classroom, or in a combination of both — visit the website to find the course that meets your needs.
  • Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from any era are invited to apply to the course of their choosing.
  • Applications open today (August 17, 2015) — seats in the pilot cohort are limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early by visiting
  • VAs ALPs use an innovative pay-for-success model that incentivizes and compensates training providers based on their graduation and career-placement rates.
  • VA is piloting ALPs to determine if this model could potentially be used more broadly to train Veterans in other industries and sectors.

This is just a start, and that’s how you get things done.

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