Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Aviation Showcase to be held at Technical College of Lowcountry

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -  The Technical College of the Lowcountry is trying to prepare its students for a very specialized workforce.

The aviation program started four years ago, and has already graduated 142 students. The program is looking to bridge the gap between the work force and our armed forces.

The aviation lab allows students, most of whom have previous backgrounds in the armed forces, learn hands-on how to repair jet engines and maintain a plane. The course prepares students for the FAA airframes and power plants license. It's aimed at transitioning military mechanics from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort and Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.

"The applications go beyond aircraft production. These will translate into civilian aviation. We have several airports around here, but some of the programs we're developing here with structure and composites have application in the maritime industry as well as the automotive industry," said Sean Henrickson, Director of Veterans Education, Technical College of the Lowcountry.

If you want to see what the students are learning first-hand, there is a showcase Thursday on campus at 5 p.m. Ten students will actually apply the skills they've learned for the crowd. It's free and open to the public.

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