Officials from the state’s university and technical college systems, along with Gov. Nathan Deal, will be in Warner Robins on Tuesday for groundbreaking on a new veterans training center.
The $10 million Georgia Military Academic Training Center, also called the Gateway Center, will offer education, workplace training and job placement to veterans and active military members. It will be run by a partnership between Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia State College, as well as their governing bodies, the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia.
“There is a strong movement to look at what our veterans are bringing back in terms of skills based on their experiences and giving them credit for those experiences,” said Martha Venn, provost of Middle Georgia State. “We are all wanting to use those experiences to build a career path and help veterans get their degrees completed in a timely fashion.”
The city of Warner Robins donated property for the site, a 40-acre parcel on Wall Street just across Ga. 247 from Robins Air Force Base. It will house a number of support services, as well as a classroom space.
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Among those who are expected to attend the groundbreaking Tuesday are University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, state Rep. Larry O’Neal, Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, Central Georgia President Ivan Allen, and Middle Georgia State President Christopher Blake.
The construction project is scheduled for completion in 2016.
To contact writer Mark Vanderhoek, call 744-4331.