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Ground breaks for new military training center

For many men and women serving in the military, making that transition into the civilian workforce can be difficult.

The University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia want to make that easier. Today was the groundbreaking for the Military Academic Training Center in Warner Robins.

The first dirt thrown at the Military Academic Training center was a big accomplishment for Central Georgia, but Governor Deal says the center will serve the entire state with the "growth of jobs."

For Mayor Randy Toms, it's another way to appreciate our veterans.

"Let them know how important their service is to us as a country and how it continues to be," said Mayor Toms.

The center will serve as a gateway for those leaving the military and entering the workforce by helping close the gap with education and training.

"Helping that very experienced military medic become a registered nurse. Or helping someone that's operated heavy equipment in the military to become a commercial truck driver in Georgia," said Executive Vice President of Central Georgia Technical College Jeff Scruggs.

He says the center will be staffed with professionals who understand the challenges for those in the military.

"Here we have four large industrial training classrooms," said Scruggs as we pointed at a blueprint of the facility.

Technical training is not the only option. For those looking into four year colleges, the center will help them enter other schools in the University System of Georgia. It will do so by assisting them with the application process and finding a program similar to the skills they formed in the military.

"It's important because we're told we're going to have about 60-80,00 veterans coming back to the state of Georgia within the next 3 years," said Governor Deal.

The training center began as his vision in 2012, and in the fall of 2015, the product of that vision should be complete.

The center will cost $10 million. It's expected to be finished by the fall of 2015.

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