The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched two no-cost training programs designed to help service members and veterans learn skills, earn credentials and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.
“My message to transitioning service members is simple: Plan early and stay engaged,” Robert McDonald, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), stated in the release. “These resources provide no-cost opportunities to learn skills and earn credentials, which can increase competitiveness during transition.”
The Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) offer cybersecurity training, network support engineer training and information technology help desk training. They also offer courses in hardware, software, networking, coding, programming and Web services. Each course includes free referral and support services.
The VA is also lunching “Learning Hubs” in 27 cities in partnership with the American Red Cross, The Mission Continues and Coursera – an online education platform. Online modules will be completed remotely, while class sessions are held in-person. Upon completion, members are eligible to receive one free verified certificate issued by Coursera.
The ALPs are a part of the VA’s Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, which promote education and employment opportunities for U.S. veterans.