June 27, 2017

QCC signs airline mechanics agreement

CCCC President John Cox and outgoing QCC President Gail Carberry sign an agreement that they hope will train more airline mechanics in Massachusetts.

Worcester area residents can become airplane mechanics through a new community college partnership in the works since 2012.

Quinsigamond Community College has partnered with Cape Cod Community College to offer students the opportunity to earn an associate's degree and certifications in aviation maintenance, before taking certification exams through the Federal Aviation Administration.

QCC students will be able to complete general education requirements locally for the first year, before entering the FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technology Program at CCCC.

Discussions on a potential partnership between the two colleges began in 2012, according to a press release, as both schools looked for ways to respond to a shortage of local airplane mechanics. Back then, a U.S. Department of Labor grant allowed CCCC to begin exploring FAA requirements for an airline mechanics curriculum, while QCC, a coordinator of the grant, committed to further articulation to support the workforce at the Worcester Airport.

Last year, CCCC-operated, phase one laboratory hangers opened at the Plymouth Airport -- the only such public higher education facility in the state.

The schools are currently working with the private sector to provide housing options for students interested in local accommodations, according to the release.

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