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New program offers aerospace adult education at Kranz Toledo Express Airport

Interested students can enroll beginning the first week of November and classes are expected to begin in January
Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 10:13 PM EDT
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SWANTON, Ohio (WTVG) - A new program at Federal Aerospace Institute at Kranz Toledo Express Airport intends to offer opportunities to adult students who plan to fill the void of 679,000 aerospace technicians that will be needed in the next 20 years.

“The program here is an adult education program where students will be able to graduate with their federal airframe and power plant certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration,” Brad McDonald, FAI Founder, CEO, and Course Instructor said.

Fifty-four students are currently enrolled in the ninth through 12th grade Toledo Public Schools Aerospace and Natural Science Academy. This new program will be available to post high school adults and also existing TPS students. Four classrooms are ready with two more under construction inside a hangar next to the airport runways.

“That’s how we’re trying to generate our schools, in particularly magnet schools that ultimately have the best return on investment, in essence, getting kids workforce ready, more importantly getting them employed and an opportunity to help with the economic revitalization,” TPS Superintendent Romulus Durant said.

Students can earn certification in 16 to 18 months and begin earning at least $50,000 a year in the workforce.

“Eighty percent of all the licensed technicians in the United States right now will have the ability to retire in the next 10 to 15 years. Less than two percent of the people coming in to fill those gaps are under the age of 25. The demand for aircraft technicians is huge,” McDonald said.

With this new program, prospective students will no longer have to go to other cities or states. Born-and-raised homegrown students can get educated, employed, and live here. That’s the goal, and at some point down the line, this program will also offer flight training for those who want to become pilots.

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