Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with the National Aviation Consortium to offer a 12-week training program that prepares graduates for the aviation industry. The Aerospace Manufacturing Assembly Mechanic Program provides students with skills and knowledge of tools, processes and aircraft inspection. Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder says the program can play a role in the state's push to grow the aviation sector. He appeared in the (i) on Education segment on this weekend's edition of Inside INdiana Business Television. GE Aviation will break ground this week on the engine facility. While construction workers put up the facility, several hundred students will be working their way through Ivy Tech's aviation program. Snyder says they will be ready to hit the ground running when the plant opens for business.

Graduates can find employment performing a broad range of activities from processing and fabrication to assembly and inspection.

Snyder says studies suggests by next year, nearly 40 percent of aviation employees throughout the United States will be eligible for retirement.

Snyder says Indiana is currently a mini-hub in the industry; however, if the current trend continues building momentum, the state could transform into a major hub.

Source: Inside INdiana Business Television

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