Ozark, AL - On Monday, thousands cheered as Airbus leaders announced its first US airplane production facility will be built in Mobile. Leaders with the Alabama Aviation Center may have been cheering the loudest.
They say this announcement puts Alabama in the big leagues and they are ready to provide the players.
“It’s a good thing for all of Alabama as well as Northwest Florida and Southeast Mississippi. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Matthew Hughes, Enterprise State Community College Dean of Instruction.
The European based company will assemble A320s at the Brookley Aeroplex, just minutes away from the Aviation Center’s Mobile campus. There are 200 students enrolled at that campus now, but leaders are preparing for more.
“They require a world class work force, and they provide good paying jobs for these highly skilled workers,” said Hughes.
Construction is expected to begin early next year and they should be in production by 2015. Once they reach full capacity up to 1,000 jobs will have been created within the facility. Alabama Aviation Center graduates from any of the state’s five campuses will most likely be sought after.
“It’s maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity in aviation. This one will be remembered for decades and decades,” said Tucson Roberts, Enterprise Sate Community College Dean of Aviation and Workforce.
Of course with increased enrollment, the college is preparing to expand its Mobile campus as well as hire more instructors.
You still have time to enroll in the college if you are interested in aviation maintenance. Fall registration begins later this month and classes will start in august.
For more information call (334)347-2623 or visit escc.edu.