State to build air­craft main­te­nance train­ing school at Pauld­ing air­port

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Tom Spiglon West Ge­or­gia Neigh­bor

The state will in­vest $35 mil­lion to cre­ate and build a new tech­ni­cal col­lege de­part­ment at Pauld­ing County’s air­port to train air­craft main­te­nance work­ers.

Gov. Nathan Deal an­nounced the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia will build a new Avi­a­tion Academy at Sil­ver Comet Field air­port near Dal­las.

The academy will be part of Chat­ta­hoochee Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, which will over­see op­er­a­tions and build a new fa­cil­ity to house it on a four-acre site south­east of the air­port’s ter­mi­nal build­ing, Deal said.

He said stu­dents will come from through­out the re­gion to train in avi­a­tion me­chan­ics and main­te­nance at the new academy.

“This is a wel­com­ing com­mu­nity,” Deal said. “Get ready to open your arms a lit­tle wider.”

Stu­dents will be able to use the state’s HOPE Ca­reer Grant to at­tend the academy vir­tu­ally for free be­cause it in­cludes train­ing for a high-de­mand ca­reer field for which the grant will pay full tu­ition, Deal said.

He said avi­a­tion in­dus­try lead­ers such as At­lanta-based Delta Air Lines, Sa­van­nah­based Gulf­stream and Pratt & Whit­ney need work­ers to fill po­si­tions left va­cant by those from the Baby Boomer gen­er­a­tion who are now at re­tire­ment age.

Deal trav­eled by he­li­copter to the west Pauld­ing air­port to make the an­nounce­ment. He was joined by Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia Com­mis­sioner Matt Arthur, Chat­ta­hoochee Tech Pres­i­dent Ron New­comb, and mem­bers of the Pauld­ing County leg­isla­tive del­e­ga­tion, Pauld­ing County Com­mis­sion, and county Air­port and In­dus­trial Build­ing au­thor­i­ties for the an­nounce­ment.

He made a sim­i­lar trip ear­lier in the year by air when he came to Cor­nelius Moore Field to an­nounce a state in­vest­ment in ru­ral air­ports, in­clud­ing the one in Polk County.

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