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Allegheny Community College Offers Veterans Free IT Job Training

A government program at the Allegheny County college will provide veterans left jobless by the pandemic with free education in over 20 fields including cybersecurity, data analytics and software development.

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Community College of Allegheny County
(TNS) — Veterans can now receive free education and training for high-demand jobs through Community College of Allegheny County under a government program to help veterans left unemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials said Thursday that CCAC is approved, effective immediately, to provide instruction under the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). It covers education and training approved under the GI Bill and Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC). Offerings include associate degrees, non-college degrees and certificate programs.

Eligible veterans under the program can obtain "up to 12 months of free tuition and fees as well as a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates," CCAC officials said in announcing the program.

The college joins several other campuses in the region participating in the program, including a number of career, technical and trade schools.

"This is a great opportunity for veterans who are not eligible for the traditional GI Bill and who have been negatively impacted by COVID," said Daniel Duffy, executive director, CCAC Military and Veterans Services.

The benefits are effective for the 2022 spring semester, starting in January.

Among the certificate programs approved under VRRAP are:

  • Automotive technology
  • Barbering
  • Central service technician
  • Computer forensics
  • Court reporting
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data analytics
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Heating and air conditioning technology
  • Information technology (IT) support
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical insurance specialist
  • Multimedia game simulation
  • Multimedia web programming
  • Nuclear medicine technology
  • Paralegal
  • Plumbing
  • Software development
  • Surgical technology
  • Welding, gas and oil
  • Welding technology

The following CCAC diploma programs have also been approved:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Phlebotomist

Those seeking more information or to check eligibility can contact Mr. Duffy at or 412-237-2635.

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