U.S. Veterans can use VET TEC towards a tech education at Code Fellows!

Transitioning out of the military and into the civilian workforce can be difficult, so it’s helpful to know all of the resources available to help you succeed in a new career path. One resource available to you: the VET TEC program.

The VET TEC program was designed by the federal government and is offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and it’s all about getting veterans transitioned into the tech world as quickly as possible. It can be used alone, or in conjunction with the GI Bill®, to augment what’s available to you and cover things like housing or the full cost of your tuition. Keep in mind that participating in the VET TEC program won’t count against your GI Bill® benefits—you’ll still earn a housing stipend while you’re in training. That’s a huge opportunity that sets VET TEC apart from any other program currently offered alongside the GI Bill®.

How VET TEC works

To qualify for the VET TEC program, a veteran only needs one day of their GI Bill® benefits available, and they must apply for a VET TEC Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be approved for the program.

One of the requirements of the program is that you have to find relevant employment (as defined by the VA) within six months of graduation. Don’t let that scare you or stop you from applying! The numbers are on your side: 93 percent of Code Fellows job-seekers are employed in-field, with a median time-to-hire of just 18 weeks. All Code Fellows students have access to our career transition services which includes networking opportunities, interview coaching, and the Career Accelerator Program; and, veterans receive additional support from experts who are trained in working with military transitions. Many develop opportunities at the annual Code Fellows Tech Summit, which is focused on connecting veterans with companies such as Amazon, Google, Comcast, and Boeing.

At Code Fellows, funding from the VET TEC program can be used to cover tuition for either a Certificate of Cybersecurity Engineering or Certificate of Software Development. These certificates total 720 hours including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects.

In our Certificate of Cybersecurity Engineering Program graduates will specialize in Cybersecurity Engineering (Ops 401) and in our Certificate of Software Development Program you can choose a specialization in Full-Stack Javascript, ASP.NET Core, Python, or Java with SpringMVC and Android (Code 401).

All 401 courses are designed to ensure you have the technical and professional skills needed to ensure you are job-ready upon graduation.

If you’re a veteran interested in learning more, schedule a call with us—it’s what we're here for. Whether you’re already experienced in tech or you’re looking to shift your career (or life) path, at Code Fellows we believe in you.