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VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

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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.
For more information about the VECI or to learn more about VA ALPs and Learning Hubs, contact VeteranEmployment.vbaco@va.gov

2015 Vets Restore

Hey all! It’s that time of year and we are recruiting for Vets Restore 2015. August is right around the corner, and the application process closes on August 14th!

We need to get the word out to apply NOW before missing out on an exciting opportunity!!!

Attached are the Vets Restore flyer and application. The application may be filled out online by clicking on the link in the flyer or printed out and completed. Please make sure that the hard copy applications make it to Candice Corey at the KCVP office in Renton; see contact info below.

Here is the 2015 Vets Restore program timeline:

2015 Program Calendar:

July 6
Application period opens.

August 14
August 18-20

DEADLINE TO APPLY. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
Selected applicant interviews
August 21

Applicant notification

September 14 – October 9
4-week training program in basic preservation practices at Washington Hall: safety, tools skill-building, hands-on carpentry projects, mentoring sessions and field trips

October 12 -December 4
8-week, full-time, paid internships under Lydig Construction at Washington Hall.

December 9


Please contact Candice Corey at 206-477-6989 or Emily Kenna at 206-477-7015 if you have any questions!

Vets Restore 2015

Service Officer Training

Service Officer training

*If any members are interested in this please let your Post Commander know.




Date                                                    location                                                         Time

Sept 7th               Post 91 – 2000 S Union Ave, Tacoma 98405                      9:30 AM


Sept 28th             Post 24 – Quincy City Hall, 104 B St SE, Quincy 98848     10:00 AM



Mid Winter Conference Training

Jan 17th               Red Lion, 607 E Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901                9:00 AM





April 11th              Post 91 – 2000 S Union Ave, Tacoma 98405                      9:30 AM


April 25th              Post 24 – Quincy City Hall, 104 B St SE, Quincy 98848     10:00 AM



State Convention Training


June 5th               Red Lion, 607 E Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901                9:00 AM