GI Bill updates allow for additional job training for veterans
PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College (SJC) Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division wants all military veterans to know about new updates to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that now covers vocational, on-the-job training, apprenticeship training, and correspondence schools.
This change offers the opportunity to learn a new skill without spending two or four years in pursuit of a college degree. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that about 13,000 people could find work within a year using these new benefits.
"CPD currently offers more than 40 programs which are particularly well suited at preparing veterans for jobs that employers are telling us are in high demand," said Dr. Sarah Janes, CPD vice president at SJC.
Common training programs covered by the latest GI Bill include computer-related skills, long-haul truck driving, medical support such as laboratory testing, beauty and cosmetology schools, law enforcement training academies, and real estate classes.
"We are also interested in coordinating on-the-job training and apprenticeship relationships with industry, where veterans receive a both an entry level salary from an employer and a supplemental prorated allowance from the Veterans Affairs Department," said Dr. JD Taliaferro, CPD director of applied technologies at SJC. Taliaferro added that program lengths may vary from a few months to several years depending upon the technology involved. "At San Jacinto College, we are striving to create accelerated and customized educational pathways that recognize and credit service member training, provide an individualized bridge curriculum that equips veterans with the credentials that regional employers are telling us are vital for their employees, produce stackable credentials which are portable from company to company, and target jobs in industries that are stable and growing.”
In addition to coverage of vocational and on-the-job training, other benefits were significantly expanded in the new GI Bill. Active-duty service members and their spouses are now eligible for an allowance that covers textbooks and supplies. This maximum $1,000-a-year allowance is pro-rated based on the number of credits taken. Distance-learning students, excluding active-duty service members and their spouses, are now eligible for the education program’s monthly living stipend, with payments based on the number of courses they’re taking. A distance learning student, who is 100 percent GI Bill eligible and is taking a full course load, will receive $673.50 a month. For correspondence courses, Veteran Affairs will pay actual in-state tuition and fees up to $8,500. Traditional students attending classes on campus will receive the full basic allowance for housing rate for an E-5 with dependents for the area where the school is located. This amount is approximately $1,473 for the Houston area.
For more information on veterans benefits, students are encouraged to visit any one of the Veterans Centers located at all three SJC campuses. For more information on the Veteran Training Grant, or for employers interested in looking into developing an approved on-the-job training or Veteran Career-Path Internship, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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