Are You Aware of the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)?
Probably not, but on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRRAP on March 11, 2021 for those military veterans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating veterans can receive education and training for a broad array of high-demand occupations , many of which are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley. Up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates.
For more information on the program and on how to apply, click here. Alternatively, contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education representative.
Lehigh County must replace one of its full time veterans affairs employees immediately. If you have the interest, brains and heart to become an accredited veterans service officer — one of the most sought-after qualifications in the complicated world of veterans affairs services — for the purpose of both assisting veterans in Lehigh County in knowing what benefits are available to them and in applying for them, this is the job you want. Note that it is not a civil service position.
In a very real sense, the first qualification for this program is tragic, but the origin of the thinking behind House Resolution 107 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) is well-meant. “When our servicemembers make the ultimate sacrifice, there is no award, no amount of money or no program that can ever make their lives whole again,” Representative Trent Kelly from Mississippi, its author, said. “But this program gives the families left behind a chance to participate in our great democratic process at the national level.”
If it applies to your family, take advantage of it if you have an interest in politics and improving the Lehigh Valley community. Earnest Americans are ever in want. The offered position is local. Click here for details: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585375600.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Workforce Board LV/PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley will be conducting a couple of teleconference seminars using Zoom around the Veterans Day period to both celebrate veterans and to encourage businesses to seek them out for employment: Read the rest of this entry »
Are you a business interested in attracting and recruiting servicemembers separating from active duty (veterans)? They are motivated men and women who can help to ensure your success and profitability. However, although often highly skilled, they are not generally credentialed or running around with some unnecessary degree that will bring them to your attention.
The Department of Defense has recognized this deficiency and implemented DoD SkillBridge. It may be worth checking out. But there is another and less restrictive way more suited to your needs to do the same. Consider developing a Registered Apprenticeship Program to overcome the skills barrier. Read the rest of this entry »
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, working with the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council and others, has created a Veterans and Military Affairs Council focused upon employment; e.g., helping local businesses to find returning military veterans, for they are known to have the makings for being reliable, first-rate employees.
The chamber has been conducting an initial, baseline survey to assess the current situation in the valley for these separating military servicemembers. It is soliciting responses from as many government agencies and businesses (for profit and nonprofit) which have employees in our Greater Lehigh Valley area as possible. The more organizations participating, the more accurate the assessment will be. Read the rest of this entry »
U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) helps NCC provide free Class A CDL training programs to veterans and their families.
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This August, Northampton Community College (NCC) received a $163,200 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to provide free Class A truck driving training to 40 current or former members of the United States Armed Forces, their spouses and adult children. NCC will recruit qualified students, provide them with superior safety-focused training, support them through successful program completion, and provide placement services to assist them in becoming employed in the transportation industry. Read the rest of this entry »
The piece of information below found on a 4 June Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce “email’er” is probably worth more mention than most as our valley’s community begins the long journey of returning to normal. Considering the importance of employment to job hunters, furloughed employees and employers, it good to see when someone has thought of putting relevant, actionableinformation all in one place to a particular topic.
Veterans, do not forget that our CareerLink has veterans employment representatives. Insist on speaking to them, if you have not done so and are seeking a job — especially if things are not going well. They can take a more holistic approach towards helping. If they do not, let us know. They are expected to go the extra mile — if you are on the straight-up.
The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation is conducting a project with the U.S. Department of Labor which is studying the effects occupational licensing has on military veterans and military spouses. If affected, participate now. The survey is set to end December 2020. [Editor’s Note: The survey may be extended as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as intended outreach events have been cancelled.]
The survey, being distributed throughout the Commonwealth, asks questions about barriers of employment. The goal of the survey is to help the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania distinguish the needs of servicemen and servicewomen, and their spouses, as it pertains to occupational licensing. Read the rest of this entry »