New Delhi, October 14, 2018: Georgia students interested in training for careers in aviation mechanics and maintenance will be able to enroll in a new aviation academy.
Chattahoochee Technical College will build and oversee the academy, which will operate out of Silver Comet Field at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Friday. Paulding County will donate the land for the academy.
“Here in the No. 1 state for business five times over, we are strategically building upon the economic assets that set us apart from other states and investing in academic resources to produce a highly skilled workforce,” Deal said. “Chattahoochee Tech’s Aviation Academy at Silver Comet Field is yet another example of a partnership between the state and local levels creating a resource that will benefit both the economy of the local community and that of our entire state according to bizjournals.com.”
The $35 million facility will offer programs in aviation maintenance leading to certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as diplomas and associate of applied science degrees in aviation maintenance.
There are currently seven FAA-certified aircraft maintenance training programs in Georgia, five of which are affiliated with the state’s technical college system. With the presence of Delta Air Lines Inc., Gulfstream and Pratt & Whitney, Georgia ranks fourth in the nation in the number of workers employed in the aviation field.