Skills for VeteransThe TWC Skills for Veterans initiative dedicates $1 million from the Skills Development Fund to address the training needs of post-9/11 veterans returning home and entering the Texas workforce. Skills for Veterans will enhance the skills of veterans, which will benefit Texas employers. Employers who hire post-9/11 era veterans, especially those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn or Operation Enduring Freedom, may be eligible to participate in this training opportunity.

All private businesses, including private, nonprofit hospitals, can apply to TWC for training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), to upgrade the skills of newly hired veterans. We review the applications and work with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.

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Eligibility Criteria

To participate in Skills for Veterans, a business must meet all of these requirements:

  • Be a private, for-profit business, or private nonprofit hospital
  • Employ at least one full-time, permanent individual
  • Be financially stable
  • Be liable to pay Unemployment Insurance contributions to TWC, and be in compliance with the reporting and payment requirements
  • Be in compliance with the Texas Business and Commerce Code

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How to Apply

Interested employers should partner with their local community or technical college to apply.



  • Identify new employees to be trained and obtain a copy of the post-9/11 veteran’s Form DD214 for the application.
  • Identify each employee's job/occupation title and corresponding Standard Occupational Classification Code using the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Standard Occupational Classification system.
  • Identify employees’ wages. To find prevailing wage data for your area, use TWC’s Labor Market and Career Information.
  • Determine if the employee’s occupation is one of the Workforce Development Board’s targeted occupations, shown below. The Skills for Veterans initiative emphasizes training in the occupations targeted by the Boards. To identify the Board for your area, see TWC’s map of Workforce Development Boards.
  • Identify the two-year public community or technical college nearest the business location using the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s College Locator.
  • Select training course(s) from the regular credit, continuing education and/or online course catalogs. TWC maintains a list of links to College Class SchedulesPDF.
  • Submit the completed application directly to TWC. E-mail the application to SkillsforVeterans@twc.state.tx.us or fax it to 512-463-7187.

For assistance, contact TWC Workforce Business Services staff at 877-463-1777 or e-mail SkillsforVeterans@twc.state.tx.us.

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Skills for Transition Program

As part of the Texas Operation Welcome Home initiative, the Skills for Transition Program (STP), coordinated by the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation assist military personnel transition into the civilian workforce.

TWC is partnering with the Texas Workforce Solutions network to assist military personnel who are experiencing challenges in translating their military skills into civilian employment.

The STP is a new Skills initiative designed to work with military service members who are preparing to separate from service within 180 days, or who have been discharged within 180 days, and plan to remain in Texas.

Review the following forms for more information and to apply for the STP program:

Contact Information:

Call: 512-936-6024


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