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Education and Training Resources for West Virginia Veterans

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Looking to get your CDL after discharge?  Military personnel, within 6 months of their honorable discharge, may apply for a CDL and request a waiver to the Skills Exam portion.  To download the form, click here.  For more information, please contact the West Virginia DMV CDL office at (304) 926-3801.



Career Exploration

My Next Move for Veterans  
You’ve served your country. Now you’re ready for a new challenge. What do you want to do for a living?

O*Net Online
Tool for career exploration and job analysis.  O*NET On-Line has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers and more!

Troops to Teachers Program
Troops to Teachers Program now offers increased eligibility for career counseling, job placement assistance and financial assistance.  Registered program members interested in receiving up to $10,000 of financial assistance must also meet the educational and time in service requirements listed on the attached eligibility criteria file. Are you eligible? Check the eligibility requirements.

To register, one must simply print, fill out and submit the registration packet in one of the following ways:  
Mail: DANTES, Troops to Teachers, 6490 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, FL 32509-5243
Fax: 850-452-1194
Scan/Email: TTTRecord@navy.mil

Get the registration packet here!

VA for Vets
VA for Vets is a US Department of Veterans Affairs site that was created to provide our nation’s veterans with the tools necessary to translate their military skills to civilian skills, speak to career coaches, and assist with building their resume. They are also able to tap into a wealth of information on reintegration into civilian life. We provide veterans with a career buddy, similar to the battle buddy they were familiar with from their time in the military, to help them through the transitional maze. All of these tools are provided at no charge to our heroes.

Higher Education



College Foundation of West Virginia
This system can help you with your career and college planning. When you create your account and sign in, the system will:
  • Show you tools and resources that are appropriate to your grade or stage of life;
  • Save your work so you can return and pick up where you left off;
  • Provide you with a lifelong portfolio to help with future career transitions;
  • Make suggestions based on your previous work.


G.I. Bill Website
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website provides assistance in choosing a school and applying for education benefits.

VA Veteran Benefits Timetable
West Virginia University offers many specific programs and opportunities for the veteran who chooses to enroll on our campus. These have been established and continue to be enhanced in recognition of the contributions that veterans have made in service to our country and that they continue to make as members of the WVU Mountaineer family.

Veterans Upward Bound
Veterans Upward Bound is a free educational program for military Veterans. It is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program, and it is funded by a competitive grant. Participants in VUB receive preparation for success at colleges and universities, technical and trade schools, and other post-high school training institutions. To find out how VUB can assist you with your postsecondary endeavors, contact us at:

Veterans Upward Bound
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV
26241-3996
Phone: (304) 637-1257 or (800) 624-3157 ext. 125

Veterans Yellow Ribbon Information
U.S Department of Veteran Affairs info about the West Virginia program.  Through the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay eligible veterans’ tuition for programs offered by colleges and universities.

Tuition payments are limited to the highest in-state undergraduate rate at a public institution in the same state. Tuition at private and graduate schools, and for out-of-state residents, may exceed the maximum the VA can pay.

The New GI Bill’s Yellow Ribbon program provides additional funds to help cover this excess tuition for veterans who are eligible for full benefits under the bill.
Participating Yellow Ribbon schools cover up to half of the difference between the maximum and the actual tuition. The VA matches the school’s contribution, resulting in no out-of-pocket expenses for the veterans.

Passed during the 2009 session of the West Virginia Legislature, HB 2335 requires all West Virginia public colleges and universities to participate fully in the federal Yellow Ribbon program for all eligible undergraduate veterans at the full contribution level.

Call (304) 558-0263



Vocational Training & Two Year Programs



Community and Technical College System of WV
The mission of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is to deliver affordable, accessible high quality education and training that dynamically advances the economic and social development of West Virginia.  Call 866-896-9327.

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James Rumsey Technical Institute
The James Rumsey Technical Institute is the designated Area Technical School for Berkeley, Morgan, and Jefferson County school districts, offering career and technical education opportunities including CDL Training, HVAC/R, Electrical Technician, and Electromechanical Technology in addition to a variety of other career opportunities. They are fully accredited and VA approved.

Job Corps and Vets
Helping veterans start a new career.  Transitioning from the military and starting a new career can be challenging. Job Corps can help. At Job Corps, veterans can train for a new and rewarding career alongside other veterans. After training, our staff will work with veterans to find a job for up to 21 months.

Veterans can enroll in the VETS/Job Corps demonstration project by calling the toll-free admissions line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627.


West Virginia Community Colleges
This site provides links to individual community colleges located in WV.

Certificate, Licensing & Credentialing Resources


Army Credentialing Opportunities on Line (COOL)
Use COOL to find civilian credentials related to your military occupational specialty; understand what it takes to obtain the credentials; and see if there are available programs that will help pay credentialing fees.

Navy Credentialing Opportunities on Line (COOL)
Use COOL to find civilian credentials related to your military occupational specialty; understand what it takes to obtain the credentials; and see if there are available programs that will help pay credentialing fees.