In 1998, Charlton Carlos Lester decided to do big things in the Atlanta community. Passionate about education and creating opportunities for others, Lester decided that he wanted to form a technical school (Omnitech Institute). However, the technical school was not going to be overly commercialized. Instead, Lester wanted to be sure that his school would be able to make a difference in the lives of real people. One of the groups that Charlton Carlos Lester targeted, in particular, was the military.
Though the United States military offers its men and women some great educational programs, some veterans end their years of service and feel at a loss when it comes to developing a new career. With the fast-paced nature of the technological world, it’s easy to get left behind in the dust if you are out of the loop for a few years. Omnitech reviews new technology and studies often to keep their curriculum and course offerings up to date.
Charlton Carlos Lester recognized this issue with veterans especially. In order to better serve veterans, Lester had Omnitech Institute certified by the Veterans Administration to administer G.I. Bill and Post-9/11 Former Military and Veterans Training.
He didn’t stop there with his military friendly efforts. In 2000, just two short years after Omnitech was founded, Lester’s school was selected from 22 applicants to administer training to soldiers at Fort McPherson Military Base, which, at the time, was under Top Secret clearance.
This intentional outreach to veterans and members of the military resulted in Omnitech being certified by G.I. Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly School.” A letter from the magazine’s publisher, Rick McCormack, informed Charlton Carlos Lester of the criteria that the magazine had used to filter through more than 8,000 schools. A press release about the success stated, “This honor ranks Omnitech in the top 20% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide, placing Omnitech Institute amongst the elite!”
Charlton Lester hopes to continue aiding the military with his school.