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Tech. Career Training Opportunities for Veterans: A Guide

dtetreau profile image David Tetreau Updated on ・3 min read

Whether you are a recently separated veteran, currently transitioning from the military, or you have been separated for a while and looking for a career change, there are many opportunities out there for training. However, very few are completely veteran-focused. Here are some great opportunities for you to create a rewarding career in the technology industry.

Coding Bootcamps

  • #VetsWhoCode remotely trains a small cohort of veterans and spouses twice a year. The curriculum involves programming with a deep focus on JavaScript. Each cohort lasts sixteen weeks and the classes take place during the week in the evening. The program is at zero cost. You can find more information at the #VetsWhoCode website.
  • Code Platoon trains veterans in person in Chicago, remotely, evening and weekend, and self-paced. The curriculum consists of Javascript and Python, databases with PostgreSQL, and many industry best practices. The cost is $16,000, but there are generous scholarships available that will take care of a great deal of the cost. You can find more information at the Code Platoon website.
  • VetsinTech is a veteran-focused organization that has partnered with industry leaders in tech education to provide opportunities for veterans and their spouses to receive an education that will equip them for success in the tech industry. Visit the VetsinTech website for more info.

Training Programs

  • Cisco partners to create training and career opportunities for transitioning service members, military veterans, and their spouses through a variety of programs. These initiatives include IT training and employment programs that create pathways to meaningful careers in technology. They strive to raise awareness of the value of hiring veterans. Go to Cisco for more info.
  • Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) provides transitioning service members, Guard, Reserves, and veterans, including those with clearance, with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry. Learn more at Microsoft.
  • The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and US military veterans. Find out more about this opportunity at FedVTE
  • IBM is working with veteran service organizations to help military veterans prepare for careers in the expanding field of advanced data analytics. Go to IBM for more info.

Scholarship Programs

  • The Scholarship For Service (SFS) program is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments. This program provides scholarships for up to 3 years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate (MS or PhD) education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. Government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. More information is available here: SFS Program

Apprenticeships

  • Apprenti is an apprenticeship program that puts you on a straightforward, step-by-step fast track toward your dream job. The tech industry is seeking to diversify its workforce, so Apprenti is actively recruiting women, people of color, and veterans — although anyone is eligible to apply. Go to Apprenti for more info.
  • NPower offers a Tech Fundamentals program which is a 22-week intensive IT training program that includes 15 weeks of in-class instruction, a seven-week paid internship, mentoring from senior-level IT professionals, and career-development workshops. The program also offers the opportunity to earn industry-recognized CompTIA, A+ certification, post-graduation job placement services, and access to an elite and supportive alumni network. Go to NPower for more info.

Veterans Benefits

  • Vet Tec is a program administered by the Department of Veteran's Affairs for veterans who want to gain computer experience to start or advance their career in the high-technology industry. Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program matches veterans with a leading training provider to help them develop high-tech skills. Visit the Vet Tec page.

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jordanaf808

Shout out to all the veterans out there! Thank You for your service!

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Thu Htet Tun

Good article, David.