When it comes to helping Veterans get the training they need to rejoin the workforce, Mohawk Valley Community College is working closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Labor to provide training under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) which is part of the government’s VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011.
Under this new law, MVCC will provide up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. Participants must be enrolled in an MVCC program which leads to an Associate Degree or Certificate in the fields of “high demand occupation” as determined by the Department of Labor (visit http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm).
The program runs from July 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). The Department of Labor will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.
To be eligible to take part in VRAP, Veterans must be:
• At least 35 but no more than 60 years old
• Are unemployed
• Received an other than dishonorable discharge
• Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
• Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
• Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
To learn more on how VRAP can benefit a veteran, contact MVCC’s Veterans Services Office at 792-5502.