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South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) short-term programs have been granted approval for veterans’ education benefits. This distinction positions SLCC as one of only two community colleges in Louisiana to offer veterans education benefits for short-term programs. With this approval, veterans can access a wide range of short-term programs, providing them with valuable skills and opportunities for career advancement. These programs include Basic Plumbing, Certified Nurse Aide, Heavy Equipment Operator, Welding, Commercial Truck Driving, and many more.

Steven Mathews, Vice President of Economic & Workforce Development for SLCC, played a crucial role in securing this approval. His team tirelessly worked to ensure that SLCC's offerings met the stringent requirements set by the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, State Approving Agency (SAA), Veterans Education, and Training.

“At South Louisiana Community College, we believe in empowering veterans with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the civilian workforce,” explains Mathews. “This veterans education benefits approval for our short-term programs underscores our dedication to creating pathways for success, and we look forward to supporting veterans on their journey to a brighter future. As a veteran, I take pride in knowing that we can help those that served our country.”

The approved programs offer a pathway for veterans to receive quality education and training in various fields, enhancing their employability and career prospects. The funding can drastically reduce the cost of these programs, making them even more accessible to veterans.

“Upon departing the military, many service members have difficulty transitioning into the work force depending upon their specialty in service,” explains Stephanie Hanks, Commander Post 69, with the American Legion. “Having the option of using Veterans’ Education Benefits for a trade, rather than a 4-year degree, is such a beneficial option, as it puts them back into much needed service jobs quicker. This not only helps the veteran return to work quicker, but also helps the companies looking to hire our veterans in the area.”

The veteran’s education benefits for SLCC's short-term programs aligns with the college's commitment to providing educational opportunities to veterans and the broader community. It reinforces SLCC's standing as an institution that supports and empowers veterans in their transition to civilian life and career development.

“Our college is immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said SLCC Chancellor Dr. Vincent June. “We look forward to welcoming more veterans to our programs, providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to excel in the workforce. The entire SLCC community is excited to embark on this journey, which signifies a significant step toward a brighter future for Louisiana veterans.”

For more information about SLCC's veterans’ education benefits for short-term programs and enrollment details, please visit the South Louisiana Community College short-term programs page or contact Workforce@solacc.edu.

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