News from FedcapAttention Veterans: GI Bill Now Covers Fedcap Vocational Training
Effective immediately, veterans and their dependents are eligible for grants under the GI Bill toward one of Fedcap’s vocational training programs. The size of the grant will vary with the time spent on active duty and in some cases can cover the full cost of tuition. As of Oct. 1, 2011, benefits under the “Post-9/11” provisions of the GI Bill will also apply to Fedcap and other vocational schools.
Fedcap is a 75-year-old nonprofit that helps people with barriers achieve economic independence through employment. Fedcap’s Career Design School, a business and trade school licensed by the New York State Department of Education, includes programs in Culinary Arts, CustodialMaintenance, Data Entry/Digital Imaging, Office Skills and Hospitality Operations.
“Unemployment among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan remains significantly higher than the rate for the general population,” said Christine McMahon, President and CEO of Fedcap. “These young men and women did their jobs, now it’s time for us to do ours. We are thrilled that Fedcap is now approved under the GI Bill to help these veterans achieve their American dreams.”
Through careful research and strategic partnerships with community leaders, elected officials, fellow nonprofits, government agencies and commercial businesses, Fedcap develops employment opportunities for vulnerable, under-employed populations; provides the technical and soft-skills training and continuing support to make these jobs sustainable, and transforms the lives of individuals, families and communities. Employers from GEICO to the U.S. Department of Defense to Restaurant Associates directly employ Fedcap workers or make use of our Socially Responsible Outsourcing™ to fulfill the services they need for operational excellence. Fedcap also offers a two-month Work Readiness training program, which is not currently covered by the GI Bill.