Training veterans for jobs

07/01/2014 9:07 AM

07/03/2014 3:16 AM

Re "VA's next chief must control for-profit colleges" (Editorial, July 1): Over the next five years, 1,000,000 military personnel will be separated from the armed forces. The editorial regarding the performance of for-profit colleges in providing education for veterans points out issues regarding the quality and results produced by these programs.

There is a more basic issue that needs to be addressed in preparing the onslaught of separating military personnel. A majority of these new veterans will exit the military with no portable skills to prepare them for a job with economic sustainability. Just like many high school graduates, not everyone is interested or suited for a college curriculum.

A program is needed that will connect with these new veterans, assess their capabilities and goals, provide specific industry-based training programs that result in certification and job placements. The missing piece of this puzzle is funding such programs.

The Veterans Affairs and the State Legislature need to step up.

-- John Courson, Rancho Murieta

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