COVID Update: All our locations are open for in-person classes in a safe, controlled, COVID-free environment. We also have an online/in-person hybrid program available for service-disabled veterans (click here).

Why STRAC?

Program Speed and Flexibility

Our electronics trade school students graduate with 13 electronics certifications after a short 4 to 5 months, as opposed to the 2 to 4 years it takes at other institutions. Our technician training program allows students to work at a guided pace, completing projects and tasks by deadlines, same as in the real world.

Roots in the Military

STRAC Institute’s training program was born out of one veteran’s desire to build a business that would allow him to continue serving his country and helping his fellow veterans. The acronym STRAC highlights our program’s focus on Skills TRaining And Certification. But on a deeper level, the Army term “strac” also describes a well-organized, well-turned-out soldier who can be depended on for good performance in any circumstance. That is exactly the type of employee our students become, and exactly the type of person companies look to hire.

Dual-Focused Curriculum

Unlike many programs that focus on either manufacturing or technician skills, STRAC’s dual-focus electronics trade school helps students learn to master both manufacturing and technician skills.

On the manufacturing side, students learn:

• Soldering
• Building
• Assembly techniques

On the technician side, students learn:

• Calibration
• Testing
• Repairing and troubleshooting techniques

Superior Caliber Graduates

While other programs ready students for entry-level positions in electronics, our electronics trade school graduates leave prepared for both entry and mid-level positions.

Supportive Community

Our Career Advocates, instructors and students form a community completely focused on helping one another succeed in the program and getting hired upon graduation. And with lifetime job placement and electronics certification renewals, that support lasts far beyond our program.

Decorated for Our Service

2020 – As Veterans Assembled Electronics (VAe), we were awarded the U.S. Department of Labor HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award for hiring veterans. This is the only federal-level veterans employment award that recognizes a company’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.

2020 – The Rhode Island Regional Office of Disabled American Veterans awarded VAe the Small Employer of the Year award that honors veteran-friendly companies that hire and train veterans.

2020 – Our Skills TRaining And Certification (STRAC) electronics curriculum is now offered as part of an advanced technician training program through Job Corps. It is also the first electronics program in all of Job Corp.

2019 – As Veterans Assembled Electronics (VAe), we were awarded the U.S. Department of Labor HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award for hiring veterans. This is the only federal-level veterans employment award that recognizes a company’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.

2018 – As Veterans Assembled Electronics (VAe), our electronics trade school was recognized as the New England Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

We Teach Our Students Industry Skills

We are not just a technician training program. Our graduates leave our electronics trade school with 13 industry-recognized certifications and hands-on experience that provides value to employers. STRAC students experience the following benefits: 

  • Courses taught by certified, experienced instructors.
  • Engaged advocacy from Career Advocates.
  • Immersive Training: 40 hours a week for 4 to 5 months.
  • Short training period before starting work.
  • Small class sizes.
  • Training on industry-standard equipment.
  • 8:1 Student-to-Instructor ratio.

Hear From A Few of Our Recent Graduates

I served in the Air Force for 16 years and decided to retire early to pursue other opportunities such as traveling the world as a contractor and going to school. I got my bachelor’s in 2016 and received several certifications through the VAe program. I have 2 wonderful kids and I live in Melbourne, Florida.

– Enrico Fagnano

After spending five years as a stay at home dad, I decided to start working again. I first heard of VAe through the Norwich Vet Center. I was excited for the opportunity to earn the certifications that would open up the doors not just to a new job, but to a true career. The self-paced curriculum and attentive staff made the transition back into a training environment go very smoothly.

– Alex Hummell

Prior to attending VAe, I had no experience in the electronics field. I really enjoyed the five months I spent training and learning about the electro-mechanical field with VAe. I impressed myself with how much I learned in what feels like such a short amount of time. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and offered a great amount of help.

– Matthew Moran

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