11/10/2014 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION - The Texas Veterans Commission for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the Introduction to CNC for GI Bill™ education benefits. With this addition, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service now offers 16 VA education-benefit programs.
CNC (computer numerical control) machine operators are in demand for manufacturing today. A CNC machine is typically a lathe or mill programmed to sculpt or cut pieces of metal or plastic. The two-week TEEX training program will prepare veterans to enter this burgeoning field as a Class C, entry-level CNC machine operator.
The number of veterans enrolling in TEEX programs has increased since the Post 9/11 GI Bill went into effect, allowing veterans to use their education benefits at non college degree-granting schools, such as TEEX, said Steven Robinson, TEEX’s Veterans Liaison Officer.
In FY14, 111 veterans used their education benefits to enroll in TEEX training programs. This number is up 20 percent from FY13, Robinson added.
Under the Post-9/11 benefit, the VA pays the tuition and fees directly to the school, based upon the approved benefit level of the veterans, who may also qualify for a monthly housing allowance and book and supplies stipend. TEEX also accepts the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) Chapter 30 education benefits.