12 September, 2018
by Lonnie Sweeney
Content Marketing Manager
Entering civil service is a commitment to one’s country and with that comes discipline, life lessons and patriotism to serve the nation. One of the top reasons why many people join the military is for veterans benefits.

… And Why Getting Trained in Tech is How Veterans Benefit Most!


What are Veterans Benefits?

Veterans benefits is defined as the services, programs and incentives that are provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or ‘VA’.

If you have served in the armed forces in the past, you are considered a veteran.

Entering civil service is a commitment to one’s country and with that comes discipline, life lessons and patriotism to serve the nation. One of the top reasons why many people join the military is for veterans benefits. Veterans benefits include health care, rehabilitation and employment assistance, home loans, insurance as well as education and tuition assistance. Although VA.gov has an entire list of all of the veterans benefits and services listed on their website, it still does not cover all of them. One of the cool things about serving your country is that no matter where you go, many businesses and organizations Woz U will honor the service of military members by honoring special discounts and offerings made available only to military members and their families.

Who is Eligible for Veterans Benefits?

You may be eligible for veterans benefits if you serve at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10th 2001, as per the Post-9/11 GI Bill (VA.gov).Veterans, reserve, active duty, and military family members which includes your spouse, children and/or other dependents are eligible for veterans benefits, too. Although this is great news, navigating your veterans benefits can be very confusing and tedious at times. Life questions like ‘What job can I get after the military that will support my family?’ come into play when your active duty responsibility ends or you decide to enter the workforce as a civilian. Fortunately, there are training programs like Woz U that have admissions departments that can help you answer these questions. Our recommendation? Join an industry with explosive career growth in technology such as software development, data science and cyber security. Use your GI bill towards industries that will get you a high-paying salary and gainful employment for as long as you choose to stay in the workforce.

Why A Tech Education Is A Smart Choice for Veterans

It’s faster and cheaper. After transitioning into civilian life, you want to start working and bringing income in as soon as possible. Many four-year colleges and universities require years and tens-of-thousands of dollars that put many students into massive debt. Take a look at the chart below.

INSTITUTION

Avg. Total Tuition Price

Avg. Program Length

Four-Year University education – Public

$37,640 [i]

4 years

Four Year University education – Private

129,640 [i]

4 years

Post Graduate Education (Masters) – Public

34,640 [ii]

4 years

Woz U Program

$13,450 [iii]

½ year

[i] https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/college-costs/college-costs-faqs

[ii] https://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/average-published-undergraduate-charges-sector-2017-18

[iii]Average tuition price per 12-33 week Woz U programs

Technology roles have crazy high job growth and starting salaries. Tech workers, on average, earned $108,900 in 2016 — more than twice the national wage of $53,040, according to CompTIA. There are also mind-boggling statistics out there proving that software development jobs, data science positions, and certified cyber security roles are in high demand. Thankfully, there are now ways for veterans to be able to affordably get trained in these crucial industries. Woz U’s 33-week online Software Developer program, for example, is now approved to accept veterans benefits through our institutional partners. Outside of that, there is our Hero Grant, which can help military members and their families get up to $2,000 in tuition assistance. Click here to learn more about our grants and scholarships.

Note: not all technology-focused programs and institutions are approved for the GI Bill and the VA for funding and not all applicants qualify for financial aid, so make sure when you apply for any kind of training program that you ask your admissions representative if they accept the GI Bill and VA benefits.

No one can argue that the people that are filling technology roles will have a huge impact in the next decade in how we communicate and make decisions in our day-to-day as well as how we solve problems on a global scale. It is a big responsibility, and we as citizens want to feel that we are authorizing the right people for these jobs–people we trust that are well-trained. Veterans are in a great position to fill these technology roles because of the disciplinary training and moral ethics that are put in place during military training.

You can future-proof yourself. Ironically, one aspect of the technology industry that will never change is how quickly everything changes. Languages, frameworks, databases and platforms get outdated. Just like how those in certain military branch reserves have to go back to get retrained every so many years, if you find yourself drawn to a tech career, make sure the program that you enroll in gives you access to updated curriculum in the field of which you study so that you can always stay current in your career.

You can get help every step of the way. It’s not easy to make a transition, especially one that takes you from one kind of lifestyle and career to the next. Thankfully, Woz U employs full-time career services professionals whose sole job is to help connect students and alumni with employers that are looking to hire great, well-skilled job applicants.

Ready to get in gear to launch your tech career?

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Lonnie Sweeney

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