CDL, FAA aviation certification among those that qualify

Three workforce development training programs of Craven Community College are now qualified for Veterans Affairs education benefits under the Post 9/11 or Montgomery GI Bill.

The programs include barbering, commercial driver’s license and the Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant certifications, according to a relese from the college.

The certification means that tuition and any monthly housing allowance for the three programs can be paid for through the GI Bill.

Typically, most veterans use GI Bill benefits to help pay tuition for traditional two-year or four-year college degrees. The approval of workforce training certifications under the GI Bill provides another education option for military veterans and their eligible dependents, according to the release.

“Craven is among a few N.C. community colleges to have as many of its workforce training programs approved for the GI Bill,” Robin Matthews, dean of CCC Workforce Development, said in a statement. “These training programs are short-term education that can lead to long-term civilian careers for our transitioning or veteran military service members.”

The barbering program is one year, the commercial driver’s license program is seven weeks and the airframe and powerplant program is 16 weeks.

Craven Community College plans on seeking GI Bill approval for additional training programs in construction and trades in the future, according to the release.

For more information on the college’s workforce development programs, call Matthews at 672-7506.

For more information about the GI Bill and the college, call CCC’s Veterans Affairs Coordinator Jeffrey Quinn at 638-7231.

To apply for VA benefits, military service members can go online to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp.