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Veterans Pilot Program from Rep. McCarthy’s VET TEC Bill Officially Launches

May 9, 2019
Press Release


Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the official launch of a pilot program created by the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) Act, legislation introduced by Congressman McCarthy and enacted into law in 2017. Veterans interested in taking non-traditional technology courses to further their careers can now apply to participate in the VET TEC pilot program HERE
 
“I am thrilled to see the VET TEC program’s official launch. VET TEC will help empower our nation’s heroes by providing them with the technical skills needed to ensure a smooth transition into today’s evolving workforce,” said McCarthy. “After visiting Udacity in 2017, I was immediately struck by the potential of non-traditional education courses and how they can empower America’s veterans by equipping them with invaluable training they can use in their post-military careers. I encourage all interested veterans to apply to the VET TEC program, and I look forward to hearing about their experiences.”
 
Background

  • Congressman McCarthy introduced the VET TEC Act (H.R. 1989) on April 6, 2017, which was included in the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 that was signed into law by President Trump on August 16, 2017.
  • The VET TEC Act, as introduced and enacted:
    • Authorizes the VA to contract with technology education program providers to offer non-traditional technology courses to veterans;
    • Requires only one day of unexpired GI Bill benefits for participation, allowing veterans to take VET TEC-approved courses without using some or all of their valuable GI Bill benefits; and\
    • Provides veterans with a housing stipend.