Ivy Tech Cuts Ribbon on $2.3 Million Aviation Facility

Ivy Tech Cuts Ribbon on $2.3 Million Aviation Facility

<br><span style="font-size: small; " mce_style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-family: Microsoft Sans Serif;" mce_style="font-family: Microsoft Sans Serif;"> &nbsp;&nbsp; In Fort Wayne Alone there are almost 200 aviation maintenance jobs alone, and that number is expected to grow by 25 percent in the next ten years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes" mce_style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Chancellor Mosier says those numbers were too strong to ignore.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></span>

 

    "Aviation truly is an area where there are jobs and there are jobs not only in northeastern Indian but there are jobs throughout Indiana and throughout this region," said Jerrilee Mosier, Ivy Tech's Chancellor.

 

    In Fort Wayne Alone there are almost 200 aviation maintenance jobs alone, and that number is expected to grow by 25 percent in the next ten years.  Chancellor Mosier says those numbers were too strong to ignore.

 

    "It was people saying this is needed in Fort Wayne needed in northeastern Indian in order for us to build a work force," said Mosier.

 

    The future air-plane mechanics that go through ivy techs program can expect to make around 27 dollars an hour and in 2010 the average annual wage was just under $55,000.  Sheena Nolin the Aviation maintenance Program Chair explains that airplane maintenance jobs are soon to be in high demand. 

 

    "About 20 percent of the aviation mechanics retiring in the next five years and there hasn't been a lot of push in the past to train people for this job so there an upcoming shortage," said Nolin.

 

    Along with providing more classroom space with the expanded aviation facility; the new building is helping students like Joel pierce pursue their dreams.

 

 

    Pierce started taking airplane maintenance courses but never completed the training because he pursed his pilot's license instead, but ivy techs aviation program is allowing him to finish the maintenance courses he once started.

 

    "It has worked out really well for me to able to take classes on a part time non-traditional basic and complete that original dream," said Pierce. 

 

    Ivy Techs old aviation facility taught about 70 students and has already grown to well over 100 students. 

 

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