STRAC Institute
Formerly known as VAe
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For Veterans

Start on a clear path towards a highly valuable career in electronics.

Since 2009, more than 400 veterans, including those with service-related disabilities, have graduated from STRAC to embark on a valuable career in electronics. We are a GI Bill® approved school and also accept other veteran tuition assistance and benefits such as VR&E and VRRAP.

As a veteran, the skills and structure you learned in the military will help you succeed as a certified skilled electronics technician in an exciting new career with strong job growth across countless industries including avionics, aerospace, medical devices, auto, gaming equipment and more.

Please contact Julie Provonsil, Admissions Coordinator at 401-369-5999,
to learn about using veteran benefits for tuition or schedule a call-back.
Our team is ready to speak to you!

Why Choose Our Trade School For Veterans?

  • STRAC was founded by veterans for veterans, so our roots are in the military. Our job training program is structured to include schedules, demands, and teamwork that are familiar to any veteran.
  • Fund your tuition with Veteran benefits. Eligible Veterans can fund their STRAC education through benefit programs including the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33), Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), and Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). Our Career Advocates will help you determine your eligibility and walk you through the application process.
  • We’ve got your back. Many of our instructors and Career Advocates are veterans who understand the challenges of transitioning to civilian life.
  • We are each other’s allies. You’ll have a supportive team of Career Advocates, instructors, VRC’s and graduates who form a community completely focused on helping one another succeed and get hired upon graduation.

Tuition Assistance and Benefits for Veterans

As a Veteran, several benefits and programs are available to help you pay for tuition and other costs. We are here to help you navigate your options.

GI Bill Benefits®

STRAC Institute is a GI Bill® approved school in our North Carolina and Rhode Island training centers. You may be eligible if you served on active duty after September 10th, 2001.

Learn more and see if you qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) benefits.

How Do I Apply?
  1. Log in to your eBenefits account online. If you do not have an account, click “Register” in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Once logged in, click “Apply” located in the banner at the top.
  3. Click on “Education and Training”.
  4. Click on “Education Benefits
  5. You will be prompted to enter your personal information such as your social security number, education, military history, and other basic data to complete the application.
  6. It will take approximately 30 days for approval of your GI Bill® benefits. If you are approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), or award letter, in the mail. Bring this to the VA certifying official at STRAC Institute to enroll.

If you attend school under the GI Bill®, you may also be eligible to receive a monthly stipend.

Veteran Readiness and Employment Benefits (VR&E)

You may be eligible to use VR&E Chapter 31 benefits instead of your GI Bill® if you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working.

Learn more and see if you quality for VR&E benefits.

How Do I Apply?
  1. Log in to your eBenefits account online. If you do not have an account, click “Register” in the upper right-hand corner.
    1. Note: your eBenefits account will need to be upgraded to “Premium Access” to apply for VR&E.
  2. Once logged in, click “Apply” located on the  banner at the top.
  3. Click on “Education and Training”.
  4. Click on “Veterans Readiness and Employment Benefits”.
  5. Click on “Apply for Chapter 31 Benefits
  6. You will then be brought to a screen where you will have to update your contact information such as your mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  7. Then click “Apply” at the bottom. After your application is submitted, it takes approximately 30 days or more to be processed.
  8. Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a scheduled appointment to meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Counselor (VRC).
  9. Once you have an appointment scheduled, call (888) 754-1383 and speak to a STRAC Career Advocate (CA) who will work directly with you to prepare you for this appointment and guide you through the process.
  10. After you meet with the VRC, they will determine your eligibility for VR&E benefits.

If you attend school using VR&E benefits, you may also be eligible to receive a monthly stipend.

Having a problem with the application? Just give us a call at (888) 754-1383 and we will be happy to walk you through it!

If you are unsure of your status of being service-connected qualified, please log on to your ebenefits account for further guidance or speak to a STRAC Career Advocate for more information.

Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

If you’re an unemployed veteran without educational benefits, your STRAC tuition may be covered under the newly passed VRRAP, which provides up to twelve months of tuition, fees and a housing allowance to eligible Veterans. VRRAP offers education and training for high-demand jobs to Veterans who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Do I Qualify?

To qualify, you must be:

  • A Veteran between 22 and 67 years of age
  • Unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Not eligible for GI Bill® or VR&E benefits
  • Not enrolled in a Federal or State jobs program
  • Not receiving VA disability compensation because you are unable to work
  • Not receiving unemployment compensation including enhanced benefits under the CARES Act

If you are interested in attending STRAC Institute in person or online, you must apply promptly for these benefits, as enrollment is limited to 17,250 slots nationwide.

Feel free to reach out directly to Lisa Smith at STRAC Institute and she will be happy to walk you through the application process. Lisa can be reached at (401) 369-5999.

Learn more about the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP).

What Veterans Are Saying about STRAC

“This institution goes above and beyond to help out veterans. The instructors are prior military and know what you go through. STRAC Institute provides students with certifications in electronics theory and in soldering. Over all great experience.”

Michael Caraway

“Technology can’t repair itself yet, so until then our soldiers can continue to learn and work with hands on training and have the skills and certification to continue providing for their families after the military.”

Aubrey R Smith

“I’m proud to be part of a company that provides valuable skills to my fellow veterans.”

Steve Chisenhall

Call our Admissions Coordinator, Julie Provonsil, at (401) 369-5999 for more information or fill out our contact form below to schedule a call-back. We’re ready to answer your questions about Veteran benefits and STRAC Institute!

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