Georgia VECTR Center to Host One-Year Anniversary Open House for Military and Civilian Community August 2nd

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Friday, July 21st, 2017

To celebrate a year of service to veterans, active military personnel, and their families, the Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center will host a community open house on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“The community open house and one-year celebration will provide an opportunity for the community at-large to learn more about the services offered at the VECTR Center,” said, retired Air Force Col. Patricia Ross, executive director of the VECTR Center. “Different tables will be set up so that people can learn about VECTR’s core services, as well as the services provided by the VECTR Center’s in-house partner organizations.”

Active duty, guard, reserve, military veteran, and immediate family members are encouraged to attend, as well as community members who support veterans.

Partnering agencies on-hand at the VECTR Center include, the Georgia Department of Veterans Services, Georgia Department of Labor, Middle Georgia WorkSource Board, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mission United of the United Way, and Central Georgia Technical College.

Tours of the facility, light refreshments and a meet and greet with personnel will also be provided to guests.

Since opening in August of 2016 as a centralized primary access agency, or one-stop shop, the VECTR Center has aided veterans, service members, and their families in the transition from military service to the civilian workforce.  As a gateway into Georgia’s public institutions of higher education and partner with employers across the state, the Center served more than 8,000 individuals through educational coaching, career counseling, community resource assistance, resume assistance and workforce training.

Additionally, the Center has hosted more than 3,600 guests for base training and events. While the majority of the visits to the center come from the 11-county service area of CGTC, 38 percent of the individuals seen since January have been from outside that region. In that same time, 240 individuals have taken courses at VECTR.

In Fall 2017, CGTC will offer Commercial Truck Driving, CISCO Networking Academy, Welding and HVAC courses at the Center.

“The first year has helped to establish the VECTR Center as the premier one-stop shopping resource for veterans and their family members throughout the state of Georgia. VECTR Center clients have been enrolled in University and Technical College System colleges, and VECTR has created valuable partnerships with multiple employers state-wide and successfully connected veterans and their family members to employment,” Col. Ross said.