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"Exemplary Award" Honors Aircraft Mechanics Program

Aircraft Mechanics program at MCTCThe Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training (CECT) was on cloud nine recently. The division received the Minnesota Council for Continuing Education and Customized Training (MnCCECT) Exemplary Award for its Delta Aircraft Mechanics Program. The Exemplary Award is an annual award provided to one MnSCU institution that efficiently uses government, college and other partnership resources to give the greatest return on investment in addressing the needs of the Minnesota workforce.

Based on industry demand, MCTC’s CECT division has worked with MnSCU to resurrect the College’s 72-credit Aviation Mechanics Program. Through a $376,000 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant, MCTC is in the process of relocating its program to Delta Airlines at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The first cohort of students began this seven-semester program earlier this month. After completing this program, students will become FAA-licensed aviation mechanics. The program is estimated to open to Delta employees and the public in 2016.

MCTC is also partnering with Northland Community and Technical College through a Center of Excellence grant to share resources and curriculum for the program, with a goal of aligning curriculum and coursework through technology.

"As a result of this training program, Delta employees may see their wages double in the next six years,” said Reede Webster, MCTC dean of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Customized Training. “Re-opening this program to meet a workforce need has involved nearly every department and division on campus and is proof of our college's spirit of nimbleness and flexibility."

Photo: A student of MCTC's Air Traffic Control program.