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The Relationship Between Training Program Participation and Gainful Civilian Employment of Gulf War-Era II Veterans

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Candace Rae Flatt ,

Illinois Department of Employment Security, US
About Candace
Candace Flatt works as a Labor Economist for the Illinois Department of Employment Security. She graduated from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign with a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership with concentrations in Human Resource Development and Higher Education. She earned a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
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Delmar Rhodes

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
About Delmar
Delmar Rhodes is a Visiting Research Analyst for the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment with the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (UIUC) with concentrations in Human Resource Development and Social Science and Education Policy. He earned a M.S. degree in Rehabilitation (UIUC) before working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Rhodes examines policy that affects veterans and military connected students, especially the underrepresented and underserved, transitioning from military work through higher education toward civilian employment.
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Abstract

The GI Bill of Rights has helped millions of veterans with their transition into civilian employment through education and training programs. In addition to higher education benefits, the GI Bill provides educational assistance for vocational training, entrepreneurship courses, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and remedial courses. Compared to previous studies, this study is unique in three aspects. First, this study focuses on training programs completed by veterans rather than higher education. Second, the training categories are constructed based on job-specific versus general properties of human capital theory. Finally, the study captures all training programs completed by veterans regardless of provider or sponsoring organization by using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) . Generalized linear mixed models are used to determine the relationship between the type of training program and gainful employment. Pre-employment training programs were found to be positively related to the gainful employment of Gulf War-Era II veterans.
How to Cite: Flatt, C.R. and Rhodes, D., 2019. The Relationship Between Training Program Participation and Gainful Civilian Employment of Gulf War-Era II Veterans. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(2), pp.249–264.
Published on 01 Aug 2019.
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