High Tech Training Program for Vets


The VA’s Innovations partnership with TechShop and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) was expanded to include General Electric. The program was developed to provide high tech training that will give veterans the cutting edge skills and equipment they need to become more competitive in the job market.

With the partnership, veterans  will get training on rapid prototyping tools (such as 3D printers) and gain skills to design, prototype and manufacture a wide array of items. The VA program at TechShop also provides an opportunity to learn the design-and-build process of developing an idea and potentially starting a business.

TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio that supports a growing community of makers and innovators. TechShop has six locations which offers classes and personal instruction for individuals as they work to solve a variety of problems.

With the addition of GE, the high tech training program will now give up to 3,000 veterans a one-year memberships. If you are interested in participating in this partnership, please visit: http://www.innovation.va.gov/program-techshop.html .

Here are some quick facts about TechShop:

– TechShop has locations in several cities known for high tech training and jobs, like Menlo Park, San Francisco, and San Jose, Ca., Detroit, Mi., Austin, Tx, and Pittsburgh, Pa., with plans to open shops in Chandler Az, Brooklyn, NY, and Washington D.C.

– TechShop is the nation’s first chain of DIY workshop and fabrication studio, providing access to more than $1 million worth of tools, equipment, training and classes (i.e. 3D printers, digital prototyping software, major machine tools and more).

– TechShop has partnerships with Ford, Autodesk, GE and educational institutions like the Arizona State University.

– TechShops equip Americans of all ages all over the country with relevant skills for available jobs.

– TechShop makes it easier for anyone with an idea and a passion to create their own factory and become their own manufacturer for the next big thing

About the Author

Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Bryan Sofonia
  • Emery Spencer

    Would like to know who to contact in Austin. Sounds like something I would be interested in.

  • Linda Martucci
  • Sharon

    How about FT. Smith Arkansas

  • Azie Deye

    San Diego CA would be a great place to provide the training

  • Gladstone

    What about the state of georgia/ atlanta/athens etc

  • Landis Mitchell

    Sacramento CA

  • Terry

    I suggest reaching out to the program managers at the website listed in the article.

  • Richard

    I have tried several times to submitt for thisin San Jose and gotten no response from the VA. I called the VA 800 # and they were not able to find any more information to apply than an e-mail to innovation@va.gov which I have done 3 time and still no response as to how to apply or if all of the 2000 memberships have been given out.