In central Pa., schools join Yellow Ribbon program to help veterans with education costs










Derrick Girouard, of York, right, works on drafting at YTI in Springettsbury Township, Pa. on Tuesday. YTI is joining the Yellow Ribbon program, which is aimed at picking up where changes to the GI bill leave off. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

After years of moving around with the military, Derrick Girouard is ready settle down.

The 26-year-old served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed overseas, both with the military and as a civilian firefighter. He returned last summer and soon headed back to school at YTI Career Institute, where he’s studying drafting and design.

YTI’s accelerated programs help veterans get in and out of schooling and into their career fields, he said. Veterans are really starting new lives, he said, “and we want to do that quickly.”

Girouard’s school is now joining two other local schools in participating in a program aimed at making sure military veterans like him receive enough funding to cover their post-secondary education.

YTI, the Art Institute of York, and Penn State York are all part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, according to information on the program website. Through the program, the schools partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover tuition that might not be paid for through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Read more about the Yellow Ribbon program and its role in central Pennsylvania.


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