HVCC and Albany Airport launch new aviation technology institute
Albany International Airport is working with Hudson Valley Community College to launch the region’s first aviation maintenance technician school.
Months of planning and partnership have gone into the new school, located in hangar 1. It is part of HVCC’s new aviation technology institute. Airport CEO Phil Calderone said it would be an educational institution certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to train aircraft mechanics for careers in the airline industry.
“With over 4.5 million industry jobs lost during the pandemic, it is crucial at this post-pandemic time that airports, airlines and the entire aviation ecosystem work working with our community to ensure a coordinated, rapid and sustainable recovery. For this effort, this aviation institute could not be more timely. “
Hudson Valley Community College President Roger Ramsammy said the institute also aims to offer diploma and certificate programs, as well as short-term and non-short-term workforce training programs. credits taught by college faculty.
“And these programs will serve almost 40 students per semester, right here in this beautiful I think it’s about 12,000 square feet of space, where we’re going to have classrooms, lab work, training. practice that’s going to happen, creating a strong pipeline of aviation careers. And we know that if you have a healthy pool of skilled aviation technicians, your businesses can grow and you can become more desirable and a more desirable destination. This is why we are delighted to announce this partnership, which will not only serve the needs of the airport and the airlines it serves, but also create well-paying jobs and ultimately benefit the entire region. the capital, our students.
Rensselaer County Republican Director Steve McLaughlin, a former commercial pilot whose first job was at the airport, says the need for aircraft maintenance technicians is already strong.
“More than 50% of the country’s professional pilots are over 55 years old. That same demographics hold true for mechanics, and all along the line. So there is a huge need for it.
Democratic Albany County Principal Dan McCoy said that in addition to being an economic engine, the new school will go hand in hand with its equity agenda.
“And to give children an opportunity. When there’s gun violence in the city, and people ignore life, and you talk about parks and programs and other programs, those are the kinds of programs that are going to make a difference. difference in the life of someone in an underserved community, who can step out and earn $ 55,000 a year, right here in their backyard. And if you look at the technical skills in this area, you talk about the next 16 years, there are going to be 38,000 new jobs created.
Ramsammy says up to 15 incoming students will receive scholarships of up to $ 10,000 from the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. The scholarships will help recruit students who live in areas of economic opportunity or who are traditionally under-represented in STEM, as well as military veterans and those who are underemployed or unemployed.