Squids and Devil Dogs, take heed. When you’re driving out the gate for the last time and wondering, “what am I gonna do next” the best answer is to use your GI Bill. I know how you feel. I took a summer off before deciding my life direction and while I did enjoy sitting by the pool browsing the job market, I never would have thought that a program like this was available. The G.I. Bill will give you the opportunity to do a little hard work at the school of your choice in order to move closer to your next career. I just found out about a unique program in Pennsylvania that only takes one year and gives veterans accelerated training to fill the needs of the agriculture industry. Click this link to learn about the certificate in Organic Agriculture Education from Delaware Valley College: http://www.delval.edu/academics/for-military-members-veterans/veteran-organic-farming-program
Here’s your chance to spend a year along side some good people who know the value of an honest day’s worth of work. Being from Kansas and growing up with a love for the outdoors, I would have jumped at the chance to get this certificate after getting out of the Navy. Sure they’ve got expert teachers and a well-rounded curriculum, but we all know that the best part is going to be getting your hands dirty all day during the summer. After taking the classes, you’ll be ready to lead the farming industry. Pennsylvania is home to many farms and a growing population of people who are seeking healthy food. This is the perfect place to learn how to grow a successful organic crop and then enter the market as a leader.
The best part is that the VA pays 100% of tuition plus a generous housing allowance for a living stipend. Ditch the BDUs for a pair of dungarees and go back to your roots. Help things grow and take some time to think. You deserve to find something great after all your hard work. Why not grow greatness yourself?