VA Accelerated Learning Program at New Horizons St. Louis

VA Accelerated Learning Program (VA ALP)

VA Accelerated Learning Program New Horizons St. Louis

Interested in starting a career in information technology? Already have IT experience, but want to take it to the next level? A VA-sponsored accelerated learning program (ALP) may be right for you!

As a transitioning Servicemember or Veteran, you are eligible to participate in an ALP in IT at no cost, without using your GI Bill® benefits.

ALPs help you quickly gain the skills and certifications you need to qualify for employment in IT, one of today's fastest-growing industries.  You also will receive job placement services upon completing a program.


  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Certified Linux Professional (CLP)
  • Certified Novell Administrator (CNA)
  • Certified Novell Engineer (CNE)
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
  • Cisco Certified Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • CompTIA A+ (A+)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Server+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Professional (CASP)
  • CompTIA Convergence Technologies Professional (CTP+)
  • CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals (Strata)
  • Master Certified Novell Engineer (MCNE)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Novell Certified Linux Engineer (CLE)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Red Hat Certified Systems Administer (RHCSA)
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
  • VMware Certified Associate Level
  • VMware Certified Professional Level
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert
  • VMware Certified Design Expert

How to Apply

All applicants will need to be registered on the Veterans Employment Center.™ If you do not have an account, visit to set one up.

Find out more about New Horizons St. Louis Transition Assistance Program here.

 What are IT ALPs?

Information Technology (IT) Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP) are learning opportunities provided by the VA, aimed at enhancing your opportunities for a career in IT through competitive skills training. Programs accomodate diverse learning styles and typcially take less than six months to complete.

When Veterans and transitioning Servicemembers apply for no-cost ALP programs you will receive world-class training and technical skills from New Horizons St. Louis. This will prepare you for IT certification opportunities and for a high-demand career in the IT sector.


 Who should apply for ALPs?

The following should apply for ALPs: transitioning Servicemembers within six months of discharge and Veterans who are interested in a career in the IT industry, but lack IT certifications.

Applicants can be of any skill level, but available training tracks vary based on the skills you already possess.

 Who is eligible to use this program?

Transitioning Servicemembers within six months of discharge and Veterans from all eras are eligible. Veterans must have received honorable discharges, or were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Transitioning Servicemembers must have commander endorsement to be eligible for participation.

While some IT training programs at New Horizons St. Louis have prerequisites, some require no experience or IT skills. Please refer to the indivdual programs to determine specific eligibility requirements.

 How will applications be reviewed and selected?

VA will review your application to verify your Servicemember or Veteran status then forward your application to New Horizons St. Louis to determine basic qualifications. Applicants who successfully complete these steps will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.

 What are the benefits of ALPs?

ALPs will help you quickly gain skills and credentials to start or advance your career in IT. Each ALP includes job placement services and support, including access to industry employers in need of IT professionals.

 What teaching methods do ALPs use?

New Horizons St. Louis teaching methods include traditional instructor-led classroom training, online training, boot camps and one-on-one mentored learning.

 Do Veterans have to travel to New Horizons St. Louis if selected?

New Horizons St. Louis offers traditional classroom and online training. If you are participating in traditional instructor-led classroom training then you will need to provide your own transportation to and from our location.

 Does participation in an ALP ensure job placement?

Although completion of an ALP does not guarantee employment, you will receive job placement assistance and access to IT employer networks.

 Can I use my GI Bill® or VR&E benefits for these ALPs?

No, this is a pilot program and participation is funded outside the purview of the GI Bill® and VR&E programs. You will not be eligible for any GI Bill® or VR&E subsistence or other benefits through your participation in an ALP program.