Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
Veteran Training Benefits for High-Demand Career Fields
The Veteran’s Administration has approved Career Technical Institute to offer an extensive curriculum to train eligible veterans who choose to enter a high-demand job field. In addition to training hands-on, job-specific skills, CTI will guide students through job searching skills and help prepare them for interviews. Whether the military veteran has been out of service for a few days, a few years, or a few decades, CTI works with all those trying to get their skills and knowledge up to date and job-ready.
Who Is Eligible for Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program?
If you’re a veteran between the ages of 22 and 66 and became unemployed due to COVID-19, the Veteran’s Administration now offers the ability to retrain into other career fields at little or no out-of-pocket cost to you through the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). Veterans need to hurry, though, because this program is of limited duration and you must complete the training program by December 11, 2022.
Based in Washington, D.C., Career Technical Institute offers in-person and online offerings, including a wide range of professional certificates in areas from medical, information technology, office, hospitality, and human resources. Training and education received at CTI will open a wide variety of career fields for those just departing the military, as well as those who’ve been out for many years.
Eligible veterans for the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program include those who have been honorably discharged and are:
- At least 22 years old, but not older than 66, and
- Unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and
- Not eligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits (or, if you’re eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you’ve transferred all of your benefits to family members), and
- Not rated as totally disabled because you can’t work, and
- Not enrolled in federal or state jobs programs, and
- Not receiving unemployment benefits (including CARES Act benefits)
What are the Next Steps?
If you are found eligible for the VRRAP, your tuition and fees will be paid directly to the school, and a housing allowance may be supplied, depending on your circumstances and the information you share in the VRRAP application. Almost all classes through Career Technical Institute can be accessed online, but a few must-have hands-on training. These programs are taught at our school located in the heart of Washington, D.C.
What Career Training is Available at CTI?
The career training that is available to VRRAP applicants is extensive, including the following Associate Degrees of Applied Science and more:
- Associate Degree of Applied Science in Human Resource Administration: The Bureau of Labor and Statistics notes that HR jobs have grown six percent and expect continued growth over the next ten years.
- Associate Degree of Applied Science in Information Technology: According to the area of information technology you specialize in, there will be as many as an additional 531,200 jobs added in the coming years across the Information Technology career fields.
- Associate Degree of Applied Science in Allied Healthcare-Medical Assistant Concentration (DC Campus Only): The Bureau of Labor and Statistics notes that the medical fields are booming, and jobs for medical assistants will increase by more than 19% shortly.
The vast majority of the diploma programs offered by CTI are also a good fit if you are eligible for the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program, and the following diplomas are eligible:
- IT Professional
- PC Specialist Plus-Generalist Specialization
- PC Specialist Plus-Bookkeeping Specialization
- Help Desk Professional
- Medical Assistant (DC Campus Only)
- Medical Office Professional
- Medical Office Administration
What If I’m Available for the GI Bill?
Please note, if you apply but find out that you are eligible for other VA education benefits and thus ineligible for the VRRAP, there are several alternatives. the VRRAP funds tuition for one year, it’s possible your eligibility is for a benefit that will support your entire Associate Degree of Applied Science at CTI. At Career Technical Institute, we assist and guide veterans every day who are working through the process of applying for these VA benefits:
- Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you received an honorable discharge, with at least three months of service on or after 9/11/2001, you might be eligible for this benefit, which can also be used for your CTI tuition and books.
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill
If you are within ten years of your active service and contributed to the Buy-Up program, you may be able to use your MGIB benefit for up to three years of education or training.
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 35 supplies funding for military dependents, including children ages 14 to 31, and to those spouses who qualify for the benefit.
- Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve
If you completed one year of original enlistment and basic training in your Guard or Reserve Unit and are committed to and participating in a six-year commitment to your Guard or Reserves Unit, you may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve.