Two Georgia universities on Tuesday will open a $10 million facility near Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins that will offer academic courses and workforce training to help military veterans successfully transition into civilian careers.
The Veteran Education Career Transition Resource Center will serve as a one-stop shop for separating service members re-entering the workforce or higher education. The center’s 10 employees — including success coaches, financial aid managers and representatives from the state Department of Veterans Services — will work with veterans to ensure their military training is recognized as they pursue certificates or associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees. It will offer financial aid and health resources as well, reported WMAZ.
The center is a collaboration between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, with the new building and operating costs paid by the state. The 32,000-square-foot facility has 10 classrooms and lab space, and will be able to accommodate up to 250 students at a time.
The center’s director, Patricia Ross, says she wants to cut short the time veterans spend unemployed after they leave the service.
“We don’t have to send the veteran all over town or all over the county or all over central Georgia,” Ross said.