Academic Training Center to provide “resources” for military vets and families

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After several months of anticipation from officials,  the dirt is starting to move at the site where the military academic training center will be in Warner Robins.

Officials say the center is going to be a hub to help vets and their families transition when they leave service.

Shovels are in the ground and bulldozers are standing by.

Staff Sgt. Mark Ellis says he’s constantly thinking about life after the military and he’s hoping to use his computer technical background to find work.

“Having something like this accessible is going to make it easier to make that process a lot more easy,” Ellis said.

The Military Academic Training Center will be a resource facility that will provide active and transitioning vets, and their families, access to further their education and better the skills they’ve learned while on duty.

“I do know we’re going to have a huge influx of people coming off of active duty and many of them will want to stay in our state,” Governor Nathan Deal said.  

He headed a who’s who of state dignitaries in Warner Robins on Tuesday.
He says the center will help with the large amount of veterans heading home.
“It’s important because we’re told we’re going to have 60 to 80,000 veterans coming back to the state of Georgia in the next three years,” Deal said.
Renderings show the $10 million, 32,000 square foot facility, minutes away from Robins Air Force Base.

“It’s a way for us, not only to gain economic impact, but at the same time serve our veterans and let them know how important their service to us as a country is and continues to be,” Mayor Randy Toms said.  

There’s also a collaboration between Central Georgia Tech and Middle Georgia State providing different educational opportunities at the center.

Staff Sgt. Ellis says it’s all about pre-planning, making sure he and his family are in the best position in the future.

“If we’ve already experienced a lot of that technical background, now we’re getting certificates to go along with that. that makes us that more valuable to our next employer,” Ellis said.

The city of Warner Robins donated 44 acres to complete the project.

 Plans are to have the center completed by the fall of 2015.

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