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Education Pillar

The Atlanta region is home to some 57 colleges and universities.The collective student enrollment at these institutions is 250,000, which ranks Atlanta at #7 in the USA. Veterans and their families are an increasingly large portion of student enrollment at these colleges and universities, and it is the mission of the VETLANTA Education Pillar to open and make available pathways to collaboration and assistance for any veteran or military family member in the pursuit of an education in the university system or technical colleges, and those looking for certifications, internships, and apprenticeships.

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Technical College: System of Georgia

Military/Veteran Points of Contact for Technical Colleges/Schools: If you’re interested in pursuing a technical college education, start here to find contacts to help you on your journey.

Technical College System of Georgia logo on Vetlanta Education Pillar page

VECTR

If you need help navigating the world of higher education in Georgia, VECTR is your point of access to the state’s 28 public universities and 22 technical colleges. If you’re interested in a public school in GA and having someone help you get there, start here.

Onward to Opportunity-VCTP

If you’re interested in pursuing a professional certification, free of charge, apply here. Onward to Opportunity in Partnership with Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP) is a no-cost industry-focused and validated career skills program that connects transitioning service members and active duty military spouses to high-demand careers in Customer Excellence, Information Technology, and Business Management. Training is designed to meet the needs of private sector partners to help bridge the gap between the military-connect population and skills the employers are seeking.

GAfutures.org

Have questions about funding your education through federal or state sponsored programs such as HOPE as well as planning for college financially? Start here. Founded in 1965, the Georgia Student Finance Commission has become one of the most successful state student aid operations in the nation. First created to provide loans, the agency progressed to state- and lottery-funded scholarships, grants, service cancelable loan programs and providing free financial aid consultation. GSFC’s mission is to ensure Georgians have an opportunity to access education beyond high school.

Service to School

(S2S) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free college application assistance to transitioning service members and veterans. S2S was founded by veterans and is led by veterans who are committed to transforming the veteran community through the power of higher education. Service to School empowers veterans to take control of their education by helping them throughout the entire application process. From test preparation to acceptance at the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning, Service to School is committed to every transitioning veteran’s success.

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Education Pillar Directors

 

Bradley Intrater- Director of Education Pillar Vetlanta 2020

Bradley Intrater, Vice President with Transwestern’s Transaction Sciences Team

As a Vice President with Transwestern’s Transaction Sciences Team, Brad is responsible for business development, financial analysis, and client advisory on complex commercial real estate transactions. By translating his experience with operational planning and efficiency, Brad delivers a unique analytical capability to brokerage that creates an advantage for occupiers and investors seeking comprehensive real estate solutions.

Prior to joining Transwestern, Brad served as a naval aviator in the United States Navy from 2007 – 2018, flying the Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk. During his time in the Navy, he deployed to the Western Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean, Horn of Africa, and Middle East supporting national security strategy and US interests in multiple campaigns.

Brad holds an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, an MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His Operations Research master’s thesis, subsequently published in the MORS Journal, focused on the use of open-source socio-economic data to help inform real estate leasing decisions for the Navy Recruiting Enterprise. In 2018 and 2019, through the Resilience Education Program sponsored by Darden, he served as a volunteer instructor teaching Business Fundamentals and Financial Management to prisoners at a Virginia state penitentiary.