STRAC Institute

Formerly known as VAe

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer online programs?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have incorporated a distance-based learning environment that allows students to progress through the curriculum from anywhere with internet access. For more information please contact us.
What is the cost of training?
If you are a veteran, you may have earned benefits to help pay for training. Additionally, some of our locations have partnered with the Department of Labor to assist with the training costs.
What if I have no experience in Electronics?

Experience in electronics can be helpful, but it is by no means required. Many of our candidates enter the program without previous experience in electronics, and these candidates, historically, have no issues successfully completing the program and finding careers within the industry.

How long is the training?

While our program doesn’t operate on a common semester timeline, training typically lasts for 4-5-months.

Training includes 3 phases:

Phases I and II focus on both classroom and lab training.

Phase III focuses on employment. In this phase, our advocates assist with resume preparation, interview skills, and use our relationships with employers to find our students’ careers.

Learn more about the training curriculum.

How do you assist with career placement?

Every student is assigned a Career Advocate. The Career Advocate’s job is to work with you to ensure your success in our program. In the final phase of our program, you work with your Career Advocate to prepare a resume and sharpen your interview skills. The Career Advocate then utilizes our relationship with employers to find you a career with companies.

What types of careers can I expect to have as a result of this training?
Think about how vital electronics are in our world today, and how vital they will be in the next 10 years? Someone needs to be able to keep these electronics going. Our graduates go on to work in technician roles such as: electronics technician, calibration, test, automotive electronics technician, solderer, electromechanical inspector, electromechanical assembler, wire/cable harness technician/assembler, machine technician, avionics technician, among others.
What employers do you currently work with?

Universal Studios Orlando, Lockheed Martin, Audi, Boston Whaler, Federal Electronics, Dave & Buster’s, BAE Systems, SAIC, Southeast Aerospace, Main Stream Engineering, Hayward Industries, Florida East Coast Railway, Sea Ray, Sun Nuclear Corporation, Mack Technologies, Rockwell Collins, V Tron Electronics, Electric Boat, Nordson EFD, MC Assembly, Chuck E Cheese’s, and the list keeps on growing. The STRAC Institute has direct contact with over 100 companies nationwide!

See more of our employer partners.

Where are you located?

We currently have 5 sites located in:

  • Rhode Island – Providence (Headquarters)
  • Florida – Orlando, Melbourne, & Belleview
  • North Carolina – Fort Bragg
Why STRAC? What does it mean?

It describes our graduates and our program. STRAC is old Army slang, and part of the definition is “a well-organized, well-turned-out soldier (pressed uniform, polished brass and shined boots).” This term was chosen when our student body was exclusively veterans. The second part of the definition, “a proud, competent trooper who can be depended on for good performance in any circumstance,” describes our graduates both yesterday and today. The acronym STRAC highlights our program’s focus on Skills TRaining And Certification. For a closer look at our program, click here.

What happened to Veterans Assembled Electronics?
After VAe was approved as a proprietary school in the three states we operate in, the company filed to do business as (dba) “STRAC Institute.” This change was made to make it known to non-veterans that we were no longer restricted to educating veterans. For more of the story, please click here.
I am a service-disabled veteran and I went on the VA website for VONAPP, but I need some help working my way through it. Do I just go to VA, or can I come to you for help?

No problem! Just email us, and we’ll be happy to help you out.

How many people are in a class?

Class size varies in all of our locations, but we typically maintain a 8:1 Student to Instructor ratio.

Local colleges have electrical and electronics engineering programs. Why wouldn't I do that instead of coming to your school?

The STRAC program is designed to bridge the skills gap between what employers need and what traditional two and four-year institutions are delivering. We have that question, and more like it, answered here

Can you guarantee that I will get a job when I graduate?

No, we cannot. Nor can any other school, public or private. It is against the law for any school to promise or guarantee employment upon graduation or at any other time. What we can tell you is that we have had great success in placing our graduates with more than 100 companies around the country. For more, click here.

Are there prerequisite classes? I have NO experience in electronics. Will I be able to complete this course?

Many students come to us with no previous electronics experience. Our instructors are exceptional and excel at determining an individual’s personal learning style and getting the most out of every student. If you are willing to put in the work, our instructors and our Career Advocates will make every effort to help you succeed.