To fulfill the requirement for a growing workforce, which is being called as growing “aerospace cluster” by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the state of Alabama has announced plans for a $6.5 million Alabama Aviation Education Center.
The Alabama Aviation Education Center will comprise of workshops, classrooms, and innovation rooms. It will provide STEM-FOCUSED educational programs and aviation-themed activities. The office of Alabama Governor will make a contribution of $5 million to the center.
According to Governor Ivey, the purpose of building the Alabama Aviation Education Center is to show new generation the rewarding career opportunities that are available in aerospace industry in the state.
The center will be close to a major aircraft manufacturing facility of Airbus and will be located at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field.
Airbus will make a contribution of $1.5 million in the development of this center and will also assist in creating different educational programs. The center will be managed and operated by Airbus Americas Inc, the North American subsidiary of Airbus.
According to Allan McArtor, Airbus Americas’ chairman, the company will work in co-ordination with Governor Ivey to bring this education center to reality and make sure it is relevant and contributes to the future of the aerospace industry in Alabama.
Airbus has $600 million A320 assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex and just last year the first aircraft from this facility was delivered. When working in full swing, the facility can build four A320s in a month and supports 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in the area.
Aeroplex is home to one more aviation player, Continental Motors, which manufacture engines for general aviation.
Motivating young generation to build their career in aviation is important for the development and survival of this industry. New thoughts, and new energy comes in with new generation.