Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP)
Recognizing that transition from military service is not complete on the date of your discharge, VTAP is designed to provide transition resources and assistance to Veterans who now call Virginia home. VTAP assists Transitioning Service Members and Veterans connect with resources and opportunities in employment, education and entrepreneurship here in Virginia.
Showcasing the tremendous talent of Virginia’s Veterans, one of the main objectives of VTAP is to increase employment opportunities for Veterans in the Commonwealth by connecting Veterans with military friendly employers. This is done in a unique way that puts Veterans seeking employment face to face with hiring managers ready and willing to bring Veterans into their workforce. Known as VTAP Recruiting Events, it’s an outstanding opportunity for Veterans to make a lasting impression with some of Virginia’s finest companies specifically looking for military talent. These events are held regularly throughout the Commonwealth with needs for all varieties of skill sets and specialties.
For Veterans seeking a new career field after the military, a lot can be said for the world class educational institutions available right here in Virginia with two and four year degree plans. Currently, steps are being taken for more military service and training to be counted towards credits for specific courses at higher learning institutions, effectively reducing the time and monetary burden for Veteran students. Additionally, programs are available for those not necessarily looking for a degree, but specific certifications and licensing in fields such as manufacturing and information technology. These abbreviated and expedited programs are designed to target a Veteran’s training interest, which allows them to gain entry into their desired field and enter the workforce with the necessary skills as quickly as possible. Regardless of the avenue chosen, the common denominator is that all of these different possibilities establish a clear path to employability and success.
With the high concentration of Veterans Virginia has, it’s necessary to have assistance readily available for those with ambitions of starting a business from the ground up, or growing an existing business. These invaluable resources enable those with a unique idea to seek out the assistance needed to turn that idea into a successful business for themselves and the Commonwealth. Virginia has a goal of diversifying its economy, one of the key ways to accomplish that is to ensure we allow the opportunity for growth and expansion in the private sector. Additionally, conferences and training events are hosted by partners in both the public and private sector throughout Virginia to educate Veteran entrepreneurs on programs and opportunities made available to them.
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VETERANS CAREER TRANSITION PROGRAM
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services is pleased to offer the resources of the Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) to eligible Virginia Veterans and family members through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.
The Veterans Career Transition Program is delivered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans, their spouses, and spouses of active duty military. Paid for in entirety by a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co, VCTP offers solutions to the above challenges, as well as connections to specific education and training programs, business/industry coalitions focused on veteran employment and information about national and state-level opportunities and benefits for veterans and their families. The Professional Skills Track and the Tech Track are offered through an advisor-led group admitted quarterly, and the Independent Study Track is available for start at any time. Each track is described below.
Through online courses—accessible from any location, at any time–participants have the opportunity to gain an understanding and insight into the corporate culture of civilian business/industry, government and other civilian sector employment opportunities.
NEWS RELEASE AUGUST 5, 2015:
VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs
Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials
WASHINGTON –The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.
ALPs and Learning Hubs are part of VA’s Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), promoting education and employment opportunities for Veterans through integrated networks of support in 50 cities. VA launched the VECI program in response to President Obama’s August 2014 challenge to help Veterans and families integrate with their communities and find meaningful jobs that can lead to economic success. Under VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s MyVA transformation, VECI is now in place in cities across the United States.
“My message to transitioning Servicemembers is simple: Plan early and stay engaged, because transition is the mission,” said McDonald. “These two new resources provide no-cost opportunities for our transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans to learn new skills and earn credentials, which can increase their competitiveness during their transition.”
ALPs offer transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans the opportunity to build on their world-class training and technical skills gained through their military service, and earn certifications in high-demand fields.
VA is piloting ALPs this summer with seven courses focusing on building skills and certifications needed to advance in high-demand careers in information technology (IT), as part of the President’s TechHire initiative. Each ALP course is offered at no cost and includes free referral and support services..
The first ALP cohort includes seven courses covering a range of IT-related topics, including:
- Coding/Programming Boot Camps;
- 80+ IT Certifications in Hardware, Software, Networking, Web Services, and more;
- Network Support Engineer Job Training and Certification;
- Cybersecurity Training and Certification;
- IT Help Desk Job Training; and
- IT Boot Camps for Desktop Support and Windows Expertise.
Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from any era are invited to apply to their choice of courses. Applications will be accepted starting August 17, 2015 – seats in the pilot cohort are limited; applicants are encouraged to apply early. ALPs do not involve use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Students are able to participate in these programs while also pursuing other programs of study using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Visit the ALP website to learn more about each program and apply.
VA is also launching Learning Hubs in 27 cities across the country this year in partnership with the American Red Cross, The Mission Continues and Coursera, an online education platform.
Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans can take advantage of both online and in-person study. Each week, online course modules will be completed outside the classroom while class sessions, led by Learning Hub facilitators, provide opportunities to discuss course materials with peers, hear from subject matter experts, and network. Upon completion of the program, Servicemembers and Veterans may elect to receive one free verified certificate issued by Coursera.
Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Employers
Employers here in Virginia are eager to do their part in providing meaningful employment opportunities to the Commonwealth’s Transitioning Service Members and Veterans. V3 employers are trained in the latest best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining Veterans in their respective companies and agencies. To learn more about what V3 companies have to offer, play the short video below!
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