Ivy Tech Dedicates New Aviation Center

By Scott Sarvay


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September 14, 2012 Updated Nov 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM EST

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Ivy Tech Aviation Maintenance Technology Program is getting a huge lift.

Students, staff and political leaders celebrated the new $2.3 million dollar aviation center at Smith Field.

The 21,000 square-foot facility will have triple the amount of space compared to old aviation center.

The program's chair says the class sizes have seen huge growth in the five years since it launched and this is another step.

Ivy Tech AMT Program Chair, Sheena Nolin says, “It's meant the world to me. Aviation isn't just a career for most people that are in it. It's a passion. We kind of get a little addicted to aviation. It's very rare for somebody to walk away from aviation at any point in their life.

The average wage of an aircraft mechanic in 2010 was more than $53,000.

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