Congress Set to Vote to Make It Easier for Vets to Take Advantage of Retraining Program

In 2011, President Barak Obama signed the Vow to Hire Heroes Act, an effort designed to help veterans make a successful transition into a tough job market. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, known as VRAP, is an outgrowth of that legislation. VRAP is a GI program that gives unemployed veterans ages 35-60 educational benefits to help them learn new skills for high demand jobs. The program is due to expire on March 31, 2014 but Congress may decide to extend that deadline until June 30, 2014 so that more vets have the opportunity to participate.The idea of going back to school and entering a classroom may seem a bit frightening at first, but the program has already proven to be a boon to many who decided to brave the challenge. One vet who praises VRAP had spent 30 years managing a body shop when a stroke confronted him with the need to make a change. The VRAP program allowed him to choose a career that interested him and paid for a full year of training. The VA funds were direct deposited into his account and made it possible for him to go to school without missing payments on his existing bills.The VRAP program offers up to $1,573 per month in educational benefits and will pay up to $17,600 in total. These benefits are eligible for any VA-approved educational program through a technical school or community college. All VRAP funds are directed toward training in high-demand occupations. Veterans may earn an Associate’s degree, a Certificate or a Non-College degree that will prepare them for any of the outlined high-demand career fields.The American College of Technology is fully VA-approved and VRAP-ready. Veterans who do not live near a community college or technical school or who are looking for the convenience of at-home learning will find that American College of Technology (ACOT) is the perfect fit for them. The school offers a wide range of studies that conform to VRAP guidelines and makes taking classes as easy as logging onto a computer. All programs are fully online and user-friendly.Servicemen and women who are currently unemployed but who are interested in acquiring the skills needed to re-enter the workforce are ideally suited for VRAP. The program is available to 99,000 veterans and so far 77,000 have already taken advantage of the benefits. The move to try and extend the enrollment deadline demonstrates the success of the program and the interest at the highest levels to promote the success of U.S. vets.Veterans make terrific employees and the American College of Technology (ACOT) wants to help give veterans the skills they need to become even more desirable in a dynamic economy.  Vets who enroll soon will have time to take full advantage of these great benefits before it is too late.Change is always a little daunting, but ACOT makes going back to school as simple and rewarding as possible. Don’t hesitate. Check out the courses and benefits while the opportunity still exists to go back to school with VRAP benefits. Find out how soon you could be enjoying a satisfying, well-paying career.

By Lute Atieh


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