The U.S. House of Representatives has endorsed a pilot program to train military veterans for employment in the technology industry.
U.S. Congressman Juan Ciscomani, R-Ariz., passed his first legislation on May 24 which will cover the costs for veterans seeking job training in high-tech industries.
The VET-TEC Authorization Act permanently funds the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses program, a five-year pilot program under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, according to Ciscomani’s website.
The legislation passed with bipartisan support on the House floor by a vote of 409-9 with some not voting.
The bill earned the endorsement of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Bost of Illinois.
The program was established by McCarthy in a 2017 bill, the VET-TEC Act. The new legislation will fund the program, making it available to future generations of veterans, according to Ciscomani’s website.
More than 80% of the 12,000 veterans who have participated in this program have graduated, according to a news release from Ciscomani.