VECTR Center teaching veterans, CGTC students how to weld
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – In the back corner of the $10 million VECTR Center, welding instructor Barry Curtis isn’t teaching out of a textbook.
In partnership with Central Georgia Technical College, former and active military, plus CGTC students are getting real life job training.
“A person can come in and not know anything about welding, and should be able to go out and get a job,” Curtis said.
But like anything, it does at least start in the classroom. Curtis uses a brand new welding simulator.
“They get the feel of the electrode holder, the sensation of burning the rod in so when they go out and start welding in the lab, they’ll understand,” Curtis said.
The classes at the VECTR Center are helping veterans, students, and even the teacher.
“Seeing the commitment that they put into it, to me, if they can put in that commitment, I can double it,” Curtis said.
Barry Curtis, putting those willing to learn, to the test.
“Destructive bend test, it’s not an easy bend test, and when they bend out with a 100 percent it makes it all worth it, absolutely.”
The VECTR Center was built last August. It provides classes and counseling to veterans across Middle Georgia to help them get work after serving.