Andrew L.: GI Benefits as an Avenue to Apprenticeship Training

When Andrew completed his active duty with the U.S. Army he knew he wanted to utilize his G.I. Bill benefits, and found that he could use his benefits for a Registered Apprenticeship, rather than a four year degree. The "earn and learn" approach made sense for Andrew, "Four years in school wasn't for me, and I needed to transition right into a good paying job because I had bills to pay," Andrew said of his apprenticeship program.

Andrew Lee completed an 18-month Registered Apprenticeship program for flatbed driving with TMC. "TMC Transportation's U.S. Department of Labor [Registered] Apprenticeship program made my transition [from the military] a lot easier because I was able to utilize by G.I. Bill that I had earned and it helped me get ahead financially. If it hadn't been for TMC's program I probably never would have used by G.I. Education Bill Benefits. Today, I enjoy my job, make great money, and now train new drivers for TMC."

Drivers are paid while training at TMC from orientation through the over-the-road training with certified flatbed driver trainers. Apprentices earn a Heavy Truck Driver Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. TMC has a veterans' coordinator who educates and guides them through the apprenticeship program. They are available to answer any questions they might have about the program. Completers of the apprenticeship program earn benefits such as retirement, healthcare, and paid vacation.

Andrew's success story was originally posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) website: