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Training Center for vets to open May '16

Veterans from around Georgia can look for career advice in Warner Robins starting next summer. That's when the Military Academic Training Center opens across from Robins Air Force Base.

It's located behind Huntington Middle School, off Wellborn Road.

Patricia Ross, Director of Military Affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia said, "It's a one-stop shop for veterans and their families." 

There are a lot of veterans in Georgia; About 740,000, according to Ross. She said Georgia has the fifth largest population for active duty military.

Ross is one of the chief planners for the training center. She said, "We will have programs from the technical college system, short term certificates, as well as degree programs through the university system."

Governor Nathan Deal spearheaded it, wanting a central location for people leaving the military to find help translating their skills into civilian jobs.

Ross said, "They may need some additional skills and training to get them ready for our workforce."

Veterans and their families will be able to come for academic and career counseling, as well as take on-site classes.

Ross said they will offer welding, industrial systems, commercial drivers license, and electronics classes on the campus.

Vice President of Facilities for Middle Georgia State University David Sims said, "We're going to have a half-dozen classrooms with all the technology you would expect, beyond that the labs."

Sims says the 32,000 square foot space, with brick and glass facades, will house the resources vets need, in a building that shows respect for their service.

He said, "It's going to honor our service men and women and their families. So, when you approach the facility, you're going to have the flags flying."

They intend to have the all the details pushed into place by the May 2016 opening.

Ross says the training center will have 13 full time staff, plus class instructors. The building will accommodate up to 200 students at once.

Currently, the training center sits on dead-end road. Sims said the City of Warner Robins plans to extend Wellborn Road, and connect it to Armed Forces Boulevard.

The City of Warner Robins donated the property to the State of Georgia for the construction of the training center.


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