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LBCC Urged to Keep Aviation Program

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 2
1/25/2013




Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske this week urged Long Beach City College Board of Trustees to continue to offer the Aviation Maintenance Program, which is scheduled for discontinuation this month.

“There are four major airports besides the Long Beach Airport in the area and approximately 40 smaller airfields in the region where graduates of this valuable program may find jobs from this training,” says Schipske. “In such a difficult economic climate, it’s critically important that our schools train people for good paying jobs such as aviation maintenance. If it’s discontinued, I believe the majority of the program’s students would have no alternative program.”

The highly rated Aviation Maintenance Program at Long Beach City College is one of only seven offered in the entire state of California. The nearest programs available have two-year waiting lists or do not compare to the quality of LBCC’s program.

“We have to think seriously about the types of jobs for which we are training our workforce. With the Long Beach Airport here, and our important place in the nation’s aviation history, it makes sense that we maintain this highly ranked program.” Schipske emphasized.

On Wednesday the Board of Trustees voted to cut aviation as well as 10 other programs in automotive/diesel, real estate, interior design, photography, air conditioning, audio production and welding. They kept the diagnostic medical imaging program.