In response to a challenge issued to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by President Obama to help veterans and their families integrate with their communities and find meaningful jobs leading to economic success, the VA implemented the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI). As a part of that initiative, the VA launched two new, no-cost training programs in 2015: Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs. The goal of these programs was to help veterans and transitioning service members (TSM) learn skills, earn credentials, and increase their competitiveness for civilian careers following separation from service.
To execute its new training programs, the VA needed contractor support to test their viability through a pilot program. Three Wire, working through its subsidiary VetAdvisor, answered the call and implemented their portion of the Information Technology ALP (IT ALP) pilot program, with the goal of improving a veteran’s competitiveness for employment in high-demand IT jobs. The program capitalized on the training and skills veterans gained through military service and offered additional professional training and certifications through the VA. Through this program, veterans benefited from not being required to use their education benefits to participate.
To start the process with IT ALP, veterans applied to the program through the VA website. Our team at VetAdvisor screened the applicants to assess their IT-related competency and learning level, and worked with them to understand the expectations of the program. After this initial assessment, the veteran was assessed on whether or not holistic coaching in the areas of finance, behavioral health, wellness, career, and navigational advocacy would also be beneficial.
Through the program, our expert team delivered cutting edge IT training programs that resulted in veterans receiving accreditation in high-demand IT careers. To ensure long-term success for each veteran, the program was strategically designed to include the following:
Career coaches assisted veterans with gaining new or improved employment even before they received their certifications. It was anticipated that many in the program would be recently transitioned veterans or in a younger demographic, although, we found that the majority of individuals had been separated for a few years and were looking for a career change. Three Wire and VetAdvisor team members continue to work closely with VA leadership to demonstrate the success of IT ALP in delivering a program tailored for the unique and individual needs of each participant enrolled.