Vocational Career Training paid through GI Bill - Great Opportunity for Veterans

Military personnel who are contemplating leaving active duty want to know about the many worthwhile opportunities available based on their military service.

Experience in the military can be directly applied to a new career after the military and the government will help pay for the certification!

The benefits of a future in the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Field:

Pursuing credentials through CTE or Vocational Training can lead to highly paid and very rewarding careers while costing a lot less in time and money.

Military experience translates directly into Civilian Job Skills.

Through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) , Standardized Tests (CLEP) and industry specific exams, military students can earn credits towards their Civilian Credentials.

How to earn a CTE certification:

Attend a community college

Attend a Trade School

Complete an Employer-sponsored Apprenticeship

What are the Costs:

Students can attend public community and technical colleges for a fraction of the cost of tuition at other institutions: $3,520, on average, in 2016-2017.

The average trade school degree costs $33,000, which, compared to a $127,000 bachelor's degree, means a savings of $94,000.

A few quick facts as of 2018:

· 46% of all employers have expressed difficulties finding skilled talent

· 48 -50.2 million jobs will be created in the “Middle Skills” fields between 2015 and 2022

· At least 15.6 million jobs will require an industry-recognized certificate

Income Potential:

According to research in Texas, Colorado and Virginia, graduates with technical or applied science associate degrees out-earn bachelor’s degree holders by $2,000 to $11,000.

27 % of people with less than an associate degree, including licenses and certificates, earn more than the average bachelor’s degree recipient.

The average trade school degree costs $33,000,

The average debt load for students graduating from a two-year technical school is $10,000, roughly 70% less than the four-year graduate.

Leading jobs for military experience without college degrees:


Construction Manager

Commercial Driver

HVAC Mechanic

Auto Mechanic

Information Security/Cyber Security




Radiology Technician

Personal Trainer

Police Officer

What is covered:

The GI Bill is available for training at non-college-degree Institutions. This includes the training in areas such as HVAC repair, truck driving, emergency medical training, and barber/beautician school.

Post 9/11 Bill:

Non-College Degree Programs

Available Benefit:

The payment amount varies depending on the GI Bill program you are utilizing and the type of non-college-degree school you are attending. Payments are issued monthly after the training is completed. The monthly entitlement is based on the number of clock hours you attend training during each week of the month.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill

Under this program, for programs offered at non-degree granting schools, the benefit pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or national Maximum, whichever is less.

Monthly housing allowance (MHA) is paid based on the location of the school. Up to $83 per month is available for books and supplies.

Those who have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or any honorably discharged Veteran or those who were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level.

Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The following is approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill:

· Correspondence training

· Cooperative training

· Entrepreneurship training

· Flight training

· Independent and distance learning

· Institutions of higher learning undergraduate and graduate degrees

· Licensing and certification reimbursement

· Vocational/technical training, non-college degree programs National testing reimbursement

· On-the-job training

· Tuition Assistance top-up

· Tutorial assistance

· Vocational/technical training

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has a few specific components that are unavailable in other GI Bill programs:

Yellow Ribbon Program

Transfer of Entitlement Option

Benefits and Eligibility

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits. If released from active duty prior to January 1, 2013, there is a 15-year time limitation for use of benefits. For individuals whose last discharge date is on or after January 1, 2013, the time limitation has been removed. Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

The following payments may also be available:

Monthly housing allowance

Annual books and supplies stipend

One-time rural benefit payment

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

The MGIB-AD program—sometimes known as Chapter 30—provides education benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who have at least two years of active duty.

Type of Assistance

Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, technical or vocational courses, flight training, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses.

Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following your release from honorable active service.

For more information contact Dr. Warren via email at:

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