Aiken Technical College is now accepting applications from veterans interested in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for the spring semester.


Unemployed military veterans who meet certain criteria are eligible for up to 12 months of training assistance through the program.


VRAP, initiated under the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, encourages veterans to enroll in VA-approved academic programs offered by a community or technical college that lead to associate degrees, non-college degrees or certificates in high demand occupations that will help them secure employment.


“Aiken Technical College’s goal is to provide area citizens the education and training needed to join our area’s highly-skilled workforce, and the college is highly supportive of VRAP’s commitment to this same goal,” said Bryan Newton, ATC associate vice president for marketing and enrollment management.


Through VRAP, veterans can receive up to 12 months of benefits that will pay for retraining. To be eligible, a veteran must be 35 to 60 years old, unemployed on the day of application and not dishonorably discharged, not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, not be enrolled in a federal or state job-training program within the last 180 days and not receive VA compensation at the 100 percent rate due to individual unemployability. VRAP students must attend college full-time in order to receive benefits.


For more information about ATC academic programs that veterans can pursue using VRAP benefits, contact ATC Veterans Affairs representative Deborah Key at 593-9954, ext. 1244. To find out more about VRAP, visit www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or call (800) 827-1000.