The Department of Veterans Affairs just created and launched two new (and free) training program for veterans to help them land jobs in the Information Technology (IT) field. IT is one of the fastest growing and largest career fields in our economy.
The programs, called the Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, are open to veterans of all ages, have no tuition fees for members, and do not require the use of the GI Bill. Programs are being held online, and in several locations, including San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO, Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, and more.
Types of training offered: The VA is focused on training veterans in IT skills that are in high demand, but don’t require long programs. Examples of training include:
- 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.
Program Goals: The primary goals of the Accelerated Learning Programs and VA Learning Hubs are to help veterans gain skills and certifications in a high-demand career field and to make veterans more competitive when seeking jobs. Participants will also receive free job referral and support services upon completing a program.
Application process: There are several different Accelerated Training Programs. Each program is run in conjunction with a third party organization that provides the training. Each course may have its own application requirements. Some courses also have a specific application and/or screening process. In most cases, the training organization wants to ensure the veteran has some relevant background in the coursework being offered so they have a better chance of successfully completing the training. You can find more information at the Accelerated Learning Hubs page.
Note: The ALP is a pilot program. The first round of ALP applications has been closed. We will update this page for the next round of training programs. Also, see the Coursera program listed below for more training options.
Training Methods & Program Outcomes: Training methods vary by program. Some programs are in-class only, while other programs may only offer online training or a combination of in-class and online training. The program outcome for most courses is a Completion Certificate or even a recognized professional certification for the course. Many of these certifications are valuable during the job search. Again, participants are eligible for free job referral and support services upon completing a program.
Additional programs available through Coursera: Coursera is an educational platform providing over 800 courses in a wide variety of disciplines from accredited schools and institutions worldwide, including but not limited to information technology, business and management, and education. All course material is available free of charge, and additionally, Coursera provides all Veterans with free certification upon completion of any Coursera course that you chose choose to take. Learn more at Coursera.org.
More information: For more information about the VECI or to learn more about VA Accelerated Learning Programs, and Learning Hubs, visit the following sites: