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Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

ICOHS College proudly supports our Military/Veteran community by working closely with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to bring you new training opportunities and funding sources. Our Veteran community has experienced many employment challenges with some exhausting all of their benefits and still cannot find stable employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help address this rising unemployment problem, the American Rescue Plan of 2021 included $17 billion for several veterans programs. One of them was the Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). This program helps veterans that have been affected by COVID-19 and provides them with training in high-demand jobs to gain meaningful employment. We’re going to dissect and explain what the VRRAP program is, who is eligible, and what programs are covered so that you can get started with your career transition using VRRAP funding today!

What is the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)?

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers short-term education and training into a high-demand career path for veterans who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.

More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

What do VRRAP funds cover?

  • Up to 12 months of tuition and fees for high-demand career paths
  • Monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill® rates

Who is eligible for VRRAP?

To be eligible to use the VRRAP, you must meet all of these requirements:

  • Age: Between 22 and 66 years of age
  • Unemployment due to COVID-19
  • Must not also be receiving unemployment benefits (including CARES Act benefits)
  • Not enrolled in a federal or state jobs program
  • Not considered as disabled because they can’t work

What ICOHS College programs qualify for VRRAP?

Technology Education and Training Programs

ICOHS College is happy to offer two technology training programs approved under Chapter 36, or the Department of Veteran Affairs Education and Career Counseling program. These certificate programs will prepare students for careers as network specialists, systems administrators, and other high-demand occupations within the IT field.

IT NETWORK SPECIALIST

The IT Network Specialist is one of two technology education courses that quality for VRRAP. This program teaches students how to install, configure, and repair PC computers, Cisco routers, and switches. You will gain the necessary skills to troubleshoot wired and wireless networks and operating systems such as Windows and Linux. Become adept at securing the operating system by learning skills such as how to combat malware, viruses, and worms.

IT SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR

IT Systems Administrator offers eligible veterans the opportunity to learn the skills needed to install, manage and troubleshoot software in today’s market. Military veterans who complete this course will also be eligible to sit for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Server +, and CompTIA Security+ certification exams.

Health and Wellness Education and Training Programs

ICOHS College is happy to offer two technology training programs approved under Chapter 36, or the Department of Veteran Affairs Education and Career Counseling program. These certificate programs provide training for high-demand occupations in holistic health and professional massage therapy.

HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER

The Holistic Health Practitioner certificate program provides instructions on high-level anatomy and kinesiology. Veterans will receive training in both Eastern and Western modalities, deep tissue, basic Swedish techniques, and special populations. We also have a course dedicated to starting your own massage therapy business that will give you a working business plan as you leave our program.

PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPIST

Veterans enrolled at ICOHS College have the opportunity to train to work as licensed Massage Therapist in the state of California. Students will learn high-level anatomy and kinesiology content and apply that to the bodywork skills they gain in the program.

How to Apply for VRRAP

Step 1

Apply at ICOHS College

Take the first step towards your new career and apply online.

It’s fast and easy!

Step 2

Get approved for the VRRAP Program

Verify your eligibility requirements and apply for VRRAP online. You should receive a decision from the VA within 30 days.

Step 3

Submit your Certificate of Eligiblity

If your application is approved, you’ll receive a Certificate of Eligibility, or award letter.

Submit a copy of your COE to your Admissions or Financial Aid advisor at ICOHS College.

Step 4

Complete your Enrollment

Schedule a meeting with our incredible Admissions team who will make finishing your enrollment a breeze.

Frequently asked questions

To be eligible for this program, you must meet all the requirements listed here. 

All of these must be true. You’re:

  • At least 22 years old, but not older than 66, and
  • Unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • Not rated as totally disabled because you can't work, and
  • Not enrolled in a federal or state jobs program

Note: You can't receive VRRAP benefits at the same time as you're receiving unemployment benefits (including CARES Act benefits).

If I'm eligible for other education benefits or VR&E, can I get VRRAP benefits?

No. At the time you apply for VRRAP, you can’t be eligible for any of these other benefits:

Note: You can get VRRAP benefits if you were at one time eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill but you’ve transferred all of your benefits to family members.

No. At the time you apply for VRRAP, you can’t be eligible for any of these other benefits:

Note: You can get VRRAP benefits if you were at one time eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill but you’ve transferred all of your benefits to family members.

‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the officialU.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."

VRRAP will be available until December 11, 2022. We'll stop making payments on this date—or when we reach either the $386 million funding limit or the 17,250 participant limit.

VRRAP covers education and training programs approved under the GI Bill and Veteran Employment through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) that can provide high-demand jobs to veterans who are unemployed. These include associate degrees, non-college degrees, and certificate programs. It's up to the Department of Labor to determine what is considered a high-demand job for VRRAP.

To fill out your application, you will need your:

  • Social Security Number
  • Bank Account Direct Deposit Information

Funding for the VRRAP program is available right now, so if you meet the eligibility requirements, now is the time to take advantage of this program. Even though funding is still available for this program, this program was created to help as many veterans as possible, and the program is moving quickly.

Funds for the VRRAP program will end when any of these happen:

  • 21 months after the creation (December 11, 2022).
  • The maximum number of 17,250 participants is reached.
  • The $386 million budget is spent.

Yes, visit their Veteran Rapid Trtreaining Assistance Program (VRRAP) page to get started. Make sure you print a copy of the application before completing the process. Approval time can take anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks, according to the VA. Once approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail.

Contact our expert admissions team for more information.

Phone:  (858) 381-7205

Email:   Admissions@icohs.edu

             FinancialAid@icohs.edu

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