TEXAS - The Texas Workforce Commission launched a $1 million program to provide skills training and occupation certification to help post-9/11 military veterans find work.
The Skills for Veterans program will lower the cost for veterans and employers for industry-specific training. The state’s Skills Development Fund is financing the program.
The program will focus on high-demand industries of oil and gas statewide, with a list of targeted occupations for 28 cities or areas of Texas.
The Skills for Veterans program will provide veterans with up to $1,450 for tuition and fees over 12 months. Employers must partner with a public community or technical college in their area or the Texas Engineering Extension Service to develop training.
The hourly wage for veterans trained under Skills for Veterans program must meet or exceed the prevailing wage for that occupation in the local labor market.
In Texas, roughly 1,500 post-9/11 veterans return each month, according to Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission chairman.
They join the more than 200,000 post-9/11 vets already living across the state.