New GI Bill Updates

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Seattle coding-school tuition to be covered by GI Bill

August 30, 2016 - When David Molina retired from the U.S. Army in 2013, he wanted to use federal education benefits offered through the GI Bill to attend a software-coding school. No luck. Though the GI Bill applies to public universities and some for-profit colleges, he couldn’t get approval to use funds for intensive coding schools, often called boot camps. But one local school has finished the process. On Monday, Code Fellows, a coding boot camp based in Seattle, became the first such program in Washington to gain approval... Read more...


Code Fellows wins approval to accept GI Bill to teach veterans how to code

August 29, 2016 - Veterans in Washington state now have a chance to attend a very different kind of bootcamp using the GI Bill. The Veteran’s Administration and state government have approved the Seattle-based coding bootcamp, Code Fellows, to receive Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 funding for veterans. Code Fellows is the first coding school in Washington state to receive GI Bill approval.... Read more...


Code Fellows becomes first Washington coding program to accept GI Bill

August 29, 2016 - Puget Sound Business Journal | Code Fellows on Monday became the first coding school in Washington receive approval for the government program. Here's what that means for Washington tech companies and veterans who want to work for them... Read more...


Code Fellows becomes first Washington coding program to accept GI Bill

August 29, 2016 - Puget Sound Business Journal | Code Fellows on Monday became the first coding school in Washington receive approval for the government program. Here's what that means for Washington tech companies and veterans who want to work for them... Read more...


Sabio Secured Approval from CA State Regulators ---> Exciting News for Coding Bootcamp in LA

August 30, 2016 - Sabio, a Los Angeles-based software engineering program, works with highly motivated and smart individuals wanting to transition to software engineering professions, has been approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE approval shows that Sabio meets the standards for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality as determined by the state agency... Read more...


Coding Bootcamp RefactorU to Accelerate Veteran's Careers with GI Bill

February 22, 2016 - PRWeb | RefactorU is proud and honored to announce that its Web Development Bootcamp has been approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans Education & Training. Students eligible for the The Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty/Selected Reserve), Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program may be eligible to apply those benefits to RefactorU's Web Application Development Bootcamp.. Read more...


TechHire to Host Event to Help Veterans Get Tech Jobs

August 24, 2015 - The Denver Post | Officials will share opportunities vets have locally to get trained for higher-paying tech jobs. The event includes a panel led by Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver. Other panelists are from Patriot Bootcamp, a Techstars startup school for veteran-owned businesses; Comcast, which has committed to hiring veterans; and Skill Distillery, a Denver coding school that recently became one of the first to be allowed to use the GI Bill to pay tuition. Read more...


Veterans Affairs Helps Get Vets Good Jobs in IT

August 17, 2015 - Medium | I feel that vets have earned the opportunity to get the training that gets them good jobs as civilians, and there’re a lot in Information Tech. However, it’s hard to find that training, and hard to make a living during a long training program. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the pilot for its new Accelerated Learning Program, and is opening applications for it today. Read more...


Veterans Affairs Transition Assistance Program: Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP)

August 5, 2015 - VA Benefits | Interested in starting a career in information technology (IT)? Already have IT experience, but want to take it to the next level? A VA-sponsored accelerated learning program (ALP) may be right for you! As a transitioning Servicemember or Veteran, you are eligible to participate in an ALP in IT at no cost, without using your GI Bill® benefits. ALPs help you quickly gain the skills and certifications you need to qualify for employment in IT, one of today’s fastest-growing industries. You also will receive job placement services upon completing a program. ALPs are available in locations across the country, and online. Browse the ALPs below to find the right fit for you. Read more...


VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs: Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

August 5, 2015 - VA Blog | 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. Read more...


Skill Distillery IT Bootcamp Is First to Accept VA Funding

June 9, 2015 - ConfluenceDenver | Denver's Skill Distillery, a 19-week Java-programming bootcamp, is the first in the U.S. to accept the GI Bill to fund veterans' enrollment in the program. Last week the company announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs gave veterans the ability to use their GI Bill education benefits at Batky-Howell's Skill Distillery--it's a first for the agency. Read more...


Skill Distillery First Coding Bootcamp Approved for GI Bill®

June 4, 2015 - The Denver Post | "Providing veterans with the opportunities they need to build lasting, rewarding computer programming careers after their military service is completed is an honor," said Bruce Batky, Skill Distillery Founder and CEO. "Their proven commitment to hard work, objective-based planning, and ability to overcome challenges is excellent preparation for the demands of a programming career." Read more...


Accelerated Learning Programs Request for Information

December 22, 2014 - FBO | The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is seeking contractors develop new or tailor existing IT ALPs to meet Veteran employment needs by facilitating appropriate IT certifications. The result of this certification/training will be employment in the IT field with a prospective career path. Read more...


Why Veterans Will Make Excellent Programmers

November 11, 2014 - Switchup | Veterans are excellent candidates for becoming coders. Military training teaches soldiers how to be highly disciplined, pay close attention to detail, persevere through difficult circumstances, and work on a team. These learned traits can be great assets for someone working in the web development field. Read more...


A Tech Bootcamp for Real Bootcamp Vets: How One Technology Company is Training Our Veterans

November 11, 2014 - Medium | We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the unemployment rate for veterans is way too high. Nearly 250,000 Americans who have volunteered to serve our country and put their lives at risk are out of work entirely. Meanwhile, technology companies are actively seeking larger talent pools. There’s enormous opportunity here to provide high-demand job training to some our our country’s most dedicated, disciplined, and hard-working citizens.. Read more...


How My Visit to The White House Was Exciting and Eye Opening

September 12, 2014 - Shaan Shah Blog | There were 30 plus people in the room. In attendance, we had 5 other schools like ours with representatives (Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, Dev Bootcamp, Wyncode, Flatiron School), we had some government officials (former Google exec and recently appointed CTO of the US, veteran affairs’ leads, Deputy Secretary), other companies that support technology education (Coursera), and large corporations (IBM, UPS, HP, UST Global).T he meeting was a Roundtable Discussion at the White House on providing effective education for veterans.Read more...


Accelerated Learning Programs Offer Alternative Education and Training Opportunity for Veterans

Sept. 10, 2014 - VA Blog | “We must do all that we can to make sure our Veterans who were ready for war are also ready for life outside the military,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told roundtable participants “We talk a lot about how hiring Veterans is the right thing to do. The fact is hiring Veterans is the smart thing to do, and we must do all that we can to support them.” Accelerated learning is a non-traditional form of education that engages multiple learning styles to increase learning effectiveness and generate measurable increases in skills and knowledge... Types of accelerated learning programs are varied and include bootcamps, accelerated certificate programs, online courses and apprenticeships. Read more...


White House Calls on Business Experts to Develop Effective Military Veteran Job Placement Programs

Sept. 10, 2014 - PR Newswire | "Emerging technology companies often recognize the value skilled military members and veterans bring to the private markets," said Harsh Patel, co-founder of MakerSquare, a boot camp school designed to build software developers and help place graduates with companies in need of software designers and creators. "The government needs to begin playing a much larger role in helping our vets transition back to civilian life. Helping them get valuable skills and assistance in job placement is a great place to start the process of honoring their service." Read more...


Vice President Joe Biden's Address to the 115th National Conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

July 21, 2014 - White House | Our government’s sacred obligation is to support our troops and care for them when they come home. One of the most powerful ways we can uphold that obligation is to provide our veterans with the access to the resources and training necessary for them to succeed. To ensure that Veterans can take full advantage of innovative learning models, the VA will sponsor a $10 million competition to identify leading practices among alternative learning models, and evaluate the employment outcomes of accelerated learning programs (ALPs) for post-9/11 Veterans. Read more...


VA Under Secretary for Benefits, Allison A. Hickey Letter on Exploring Accelerated Learning Programs to Propel Veterans, Transitioning Servicemembers, and Their Families Into Meaningful Opportunities

July 1, 2014 - Department of Veterans Affairs | Our Nation has immense human capital potential in the form of Servicemembers who are transitioning into the civilian labor market. Accelerated learning programs (ALP) have emerged as a potential strategy to assist in this endeavor. Read more...