Sunday, November 5, 2017

Vacaville, California: Solano College aeronautics expansion 5 years out

VACAVILLE — The $15 million expansion of the Solano Community College aeronautics program is still at least five years away, but existing course curriculum is putting students in the middle of an industry boon.

Lucky Lofton, the executive bond manager for the college, said the Measure Q expansion project for property located between the Nut Tree Airport and the Nut Tree shopping center is in an early design phase.

“Right now, we are still in the planning process. We have developed a schematic design for a new facility, but the project is scheduled to be dealt with further out in time,” Lofton said. “It is a number of years away.”

The college runs an Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance program out of a hangar at the airport.

Students can earn a Federal Aviation Administration license as an airframe and powerplant technician, which qualifies them to work on airplanes in an industry that has a demand for such skills.

“I think it is a very . . . prestigious program,” Lofton said.

Workforce development will share the expanded facility when it is constructed, the college reported.

Measure Q is a $348 million general obligation bond approved by voters in November 2012.

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