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Welcome to our website which is maintained by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission. It is your direct link to West Virginia's public and private educational institutions, apprenticeships and on-the-job training programs which are approved for using veterans' educational benefits.  We hope you find it useful.  Thank you for stopping by!

VISION

Every veteran/eligible person, National Guard member and Reservist in West Virginia will be aware of and have full and fair access to high quality, ethically administered education and training programs that can help them reach their full potential.

CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS
All veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members, Reservists, dependents of disabled veterans or of those who died on active duty, school certifying officials, employer certifying officials, military education officers, military retention personnel and West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs field representatives currently or potentially residing in the State of West Virginia.
MISSION

OVETP assures high quality, well-managed education and training programs for West Virginia veterans, other DVA-eligible persons, National Guard members and Reservists.

We inspect, review, approve, and monitor programs of educational institutions, training establishments and licensing and certification testing agencies. We provide in-depth technical assistance and training, outreach efforts, and liaison with related organizations, agencies, and individuals within West Virginia . We work in accordance with the provisions of Titles 10 and 38, United States Code, and applicable West Virginia laws and regulations.

PURPOSE
The Office of Veterans Education and Training Programs (OVETP) was established by an act of Congress in 1947 to insure that eligible veterans, dependents, National Guard members and reservists can use the GI Bill educational entitlement in an approved educational program.  The primary function of OVETP is to review, evaluate and approve quality educational and training programs for veterans' benefits.  Programs that can be approved include institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities), non-degree institutions (vocational and technical schools), apprenticeship programs, and other on-the-job training programs and flight schools.

OVETP reviews the appropriateness of each program relative to West Virginia's standards and laws in addition to the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA) rules and regulations and other applicable laws and regulations. Secondly, OVETP will assist companies and organizations in developing training programs to meet DVA approval criteria.  Once approved, OVETP monitors program quality, the veterans' progress in the program and serves as a liaison between participants and the DVA.  In addition, OVETP approves and supervises all state apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs.
RULES & REGULATIONS

OVETP operates under a contract with the (DVA).  As such, OVETP has its foundation in federal law, Title 38 U.S. Code (USC).  We operate as part of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and maintain the state's authority to approve or disapprove veterans' education and training programs.  We also serve to prevent abuses and promote equality in veterans' education by evaluating and monitoring education and training programs.

The Code of Federal Regulations [38 CFR 21.4151(b)] summarizes OVETP responsibilities under the law:

  • to inspect and supervise schools and training establishments within West Virginia;

  • to determine those programs of education and training which may be approved for veterans and other eligible persons;

  • to determine whether a school or training establishment at all time complies with established standards relating to the approved programs; and

  • to render services and obtain information necessary for the DVA to approve or disapproved programs offered by any agency within West Virginia.

The USC further requires us to cooperate with the DVA and pay particular attention to:

  • enforcing approval standards;

  • enforcing enrollment restrictions, and

  • identifying fraudulent and other discrepancies by persons connected with educational institutions and training establishments where veterans are enrolled.

EDUCATION BENEFIT PROGRAMS

If you are eligible under Chapters 30, 35, 1606, or 1607 (as determined by DVA or the Department of Defense), you can receive benefits as follows:

http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm

* Contact your Reserve / National Guard unit to verify your eligibility for Chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits since these are both programs administered by the Department of Defense.

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