Georgia officials last week broke ground outside of Robins Air Force Base on a $10 million education and training center designed to assist veterans transitioning to civilian careers.
The Georgia military academic training center — a partnership between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia — will serve as a gateway for veterans as they re-enter Georgia’s workforce and systems of higher education.
“The groundbreaking for Georgia’s new military academic training center is major step toward fulfilling our commitment to utilize the state’s higher education systems to help members of the armed forces, veterans and their families in their transition from military service to civilian careers,” said Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal (R).
Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia State College will work with veterans to recognize their military training and experience as they pursue post-secondary credentials through the University System and Technical College System. The facility also will:
- offer specific mission-related services to Robins and other installations in the state;
- help veterans apply specific training, Defense Acquisition University courses and other service as credit toward a specific University System or Technical College System degree or certificate. The center also will serve active-duty military and DOD employees;
- support veterans searching for post-service employment; and
- unify educational and defense-related organizations to coordinate Georgia’s effort to support veterans and active-duty personnel.
The 32,000-square-foot training center is scheduled to be completed in 2016.