VA to roll out new training program for veterans to get jobs in tech industry

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is giving veterans new training options to potentially land a job in the high tech industry.

The VA is planning to launch their Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program this year.
The program is designed to pair up eligible veterans with market leading training providers to learn skills in IT such as computer software, information science, media application, computer programming and data processing.

Eligible veterans will have their classes and training paid for by the V-A and will receive a monthly housing stipend during their training.

"It would give them the opportunity to gain a successful career in one of these fields without having to go through years and years of school if that wasn't the avenue that they wanted to take," said Erin Brown, South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) Program Manager. "It gives the veteran another opportunity to receive VA funding to do a new program in a different area."

The VA has done similar programs in the past where they trained veterans in high demand jobs like in wielding or truck driving.

"I honestly think that the VA has done a good job of trying to find quicker or alternative routes for our vets to become gainfully employed in good jobs," said SDDVA Education Manager Shane Oliver.

VET TEC is available to veterans if they have least one day or more of unexpired GI entitlement.

For more information you can contact South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs' education team at 1-(605) 773-3269.