Formerly known as VAe
Decorated For Our Service
In 2018, as VAe, we were recognized as the New England Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In 2019, as VAe, we were awarded the U.S. Department of Labor HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award for hiring veterans. The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans employment award that recognizes a company’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
Since February 2020, our Skills TRaining And Certification (STRAC) curriculum has been offered as part of an advanced training program through Job Corps and is the first electronics program in all of Job Corps. STRAC is competency-based occupational training.
Aside from hiring veterans, our most significant contribution to the veteran community has been the training and career placement of service-disabled veterans, as noted above. It has been our honor to help those who have given so much to our country. In recognition of our hiring and our training of service-disabled veterans, the Rhode Island Regional Office of Disabled American Veterans awarded VAe the small employer of the year award to honor veteran friendly companies that hire and train veterans.
STRAC Institute is a small Rhode Island company leading the way here and across the nation in putting people into rewarding sustainable careers. As the new alternative to traditional two and four-year institutions, STRAC is closing the skills gap, one graduate, at a time.
We Teach Individuals Life Skills
We are not a job training program. Our graduates leave the program with 13 internationally recognized certifications and hands-on experience that is valuable to an employer. A list of benefits that we provide each student are:
- Each course is taught by a certified, experienced instructor
- Engaged advocacy by Career Advocates
- Immersive training; 40 hrs./week for four to five months
- Short training period before starting work
- Small class size
- Training on industry-standard equipment
- 8:1 Student-to-Instructor ratio
- 40 Hands-on Tasks and Labs
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