Thursday, February 28, 2013

TEEX programs retrain veterans for civilian jobs

As one of the largest extension and vocational training organizations in the nation, TEEX is committed to helping the men and women who served our country to retrain for a new career in the civilian workforce. We are part of the great military tradition at Texas A&M University, and we have been training military veterans since World War II.

The U.S Department of Labor reports the unemployment rate of veterans from the post-9/11 era is hovering at 11.7 percent. We agree with the Department of Labor that the number is too high, and we support federal efforts to help out-of-work or underemployed veterans get the training they need to get back in the job market. The need for quality training and education programs will grow as an estimated 1.5 million service members transition out of the military over the next five years.

Offering a wide variety of vocational and industrial training programs, TEEX is a Non-College-Degree School affiliated with The Texas A&M University System, a military veteran-friendly institution of higher education.

We offer a variety of certificate programs approved by the Veterans Administration (VA) to assist veterans in furthering their education and training, while leveraging their veterans benefits. Some programs are also VA education benefit approved for wounded warriors.  All of our VA education benefit approved programs are offered in Bryan-College Station and other locations across Texas. No college degree is required and training varies from one week to nine months. We have fast-track options that can get you on the job faster and many of our programs are eligible for college credit at an accredited two-year or four-year college. 
Many of the approved programs train veterans for careers in public service, such as firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians. Health and safety officials and unexploded ordnance technicians are also popular programs for military veterans. There is a growing need for people in these fields, and often veterans have military experience and transferable skills they can leverage into careers in their chosen fields

Perhaps you have always dreamed of becoming a firefighter.  Or your military training and experience would provide the basis for a career as a police officer, an Emergency Medical Technician or an Unexploded Ordnance Technician. One of the advantages of our VA education benefit approved programs is that veterans can obtain a certification and begin work quicker than they would through a two- or four-year college program – but still have the option of applying for college credits should they decide later to pursue a college degree.
TEEX programs can train you for fulfilling careers as a:

At TEEX you will receive hands-on, practical training from knowledgeable instructors with real-world experience in the field. One in six of our employees are veterans, so we understand the challenges you face, and we’re there to help. We have a dedicated Veterans Liaison to walk you through the application process and the VA paperwork required to claim your education benefits.

TEEX is proud to join other members of The Texas A&M University System to ensure that our military veterans transition from active duty to fulfilling and meaningful careers in the civilian workforce.
For more information on TEEX Veterans programs visit

For more information on veterans programs in The Texas A&M University System, visit the Veterans Support Office: You can also visit the Veterans Administration to learn more about accessing your benefits:

Steven Robinson is the Veterans Liaison for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.  In 2012, he received the Presidential Award from the Western Association of Veteran Education Specialists (WAVES). He also serves as a Peer Facilitator for the Brazos Valley Veterans Peer Network Support  and is a member of the WAVES Executive Board.