Warner Robins, Ga. – The Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource (VECTR) Center will celebrate its 5th Anniversary on Monday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a celebration and information fair.
The open house event will provide information on some of the VECTR Center’s partner organizations including, VA Health, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, Mission United, Work4Warriors, TriCare, the Retired Enlisted Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Genesis Joy House, Military Realty, and Volunteers of America strong, among others.
Light refreshments will be available for guests. This is a drop-in event. No registration is required.
“I cannot believe it’s’ been 5 years already,” said the VECTR Center’s chief operating officer, USAF Ret. Col. Patricia Ross. “I still remember the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting like they were yesterday. It’s humbling and amazing to have provided over 70,000 services in such a short amount of time. Our military, veterans, and their families deserve no less than individuals who care and want to help them successfully transition after military service.”
The Center opened its doors in 2016 as a one-stop shop for veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families transitioning from service to civilian. The VECTR Center provides unique, accelerated programs in high demand and strategic industries tailored to abbreviate the process of receiving post-secondary certificates and degrees by recognizing the extensive training veterans receive during their military service.
Since its opening, the Center’s one-stop-shop model has garnered interest from delegations from the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The VECTR Center received the 2016 Innovation Award from the University System of Georgia and the Good Government Service Award from the 2016 Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce. Over the last two years, the Center also received grant funding from Google.org, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, totaling over $370,000.
In 2017, the Center came under the administration of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC). Under CGTC, the Center has increased programming and partnerships that greatly benefit its mission.
In 2019, CGTC announced the addition of approximately 11,000 square feet of industrial lab space and a mixed use building adjacent to the Commercial Truck Driving pad. Just one year later, the Electrical Construction program, Industrial Systems, Logistics and Commercial Truck Driving program moved into the new space and began offering career training programs that fill Georgia’s workforce gaps.
For more information about the Georgia VECTR Center visit, www.gavectr.org.
Photo: Partner organizations line up during an event at the Georgia VECTR Center. The Georgia VECTR Center opened its doors in August 2016 and has provided over 70,000 services to veterans transitioning from service to civilian.