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VA Launches Accelrated Learning Program Pilot for Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans

Posted by Brian Smith - On August 11, 2015 (EST)

VA Launches Accelrated Learning Program Pilot for Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans


What are VA Learning Hubs?

VA Learning Hubs are part of VA’s Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), which promotes new education and employment opportunities for Veterans by building integrated networks of support at the local level. In partnership with Coursera and the American Red Cross, VA is offering no-cost Learning Hubs to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans learn new skills, earn new credentials, and begin or advance in civilian careers when they separate from service.


VA Learning Hubs combine the breadth and depth of Coursera’s online academic programs with the experience of having in-person Red Cross facilitators guide students through the curricula. Each week, online modules are completed outside the classroom while class sessions provide opportunities to discuss course materials with peers and hear from local subject matter experts. Additionally, Coursera is offering transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans one no-cost Verified Certificate in one of its online courses.

What is a Coursera Verified Learning Certificate?
A Verified Certificate is a convenient way for transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans to demonstrate course completion, build their professional qualifications, and advance their education and career. Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans can access this opportunity online through: http://blog.coursera.org/veterans

Why should a transitioning Servicemember or Veteran attend a VA Learning Hub?

VA Learning Hubs provide a no-cost opportunity for transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans to build their professional skills. VA Learning Hub sessions may include: networking opportunities, discussions on course material, guest speakers, and Q&A opportunities with experts from the community.

How do I learn more about VA Learning Hubs and when and where they will be held?
VA Learning Hubs will be held on an on-going basis at various locations around the country. To learn more about VA Learning Hub course offerings, or to attend an upcoming information session, email VeteranEmployment.vbaco@va.gov with the subject “Learning Hub.”


VA is launching Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) to help transitioning Servicemembers
and Veterans quickly develop new skills and earn certifications in high-demand career fields.

- ALPs are typically completed in less than six months and provide students with
opportunities to learn online, in the classroom or in a combination of both.

- The pilot program is part of VA’s new Veteran Economic Communities Initiative, which promotes education and employment opportunities for Veterans at the community level. The pilot ALP cohort focuses on developing skills and certifications needed for careers in information technology as part of the President’s TechHire initiative launched this spring.

- ALPs do not involve use of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits – students can participate in these programs while also pursuing other programs of study utilizing Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

- Applications will be accepted beginning August 17, 2015 – seats are limited so apply early! ALPs use a “pay-for-success” model that incentivizes and compensates training providers based on their program graduation and career-placement rates.

- Each course is available at no cost and includes free referral and support services that leverage each training provider’s vast employer network.

- See course details and descriptions below – visit the ALP website to learn more.



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