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OTC breaks ground on $13M aviation center at Springfield airport

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Ozarks Technical Community College yesterday broke ground on a $13.2 million aviation center at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

The training facility is slated to be used for OTC's airframe and powerplant program, which will teach students about aviation maintenance, according to a news release. The program is scheduled to launch in 2025.

“This airframe and powerplant program is another example of a training program that leads to a lucrative career, but doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree,” said Paula Adams, OTC Board of Trustees vice chair, in the release. “In just two years, our students will be qualified for high-paying jobs that are in great demand.”

The project is funded, in part, by $5 million from the state of Missouri, $3 million from a U.S. Department of Labor grant, and $750,000 apiece from the city of Springfield and Greene County. The remaining total is coming from OTC general funds.

"This is a great example of institutional cooperation in the service of economic development," said Brian Weiler, Springfield airport director of aviation, in the release. "Five different public organizations, from the local level all the way to the federal government, came together to develop this aviation maintenance and repair facility, which will attract private industry. No one worried about who received the credit, and, ultimately, the community wins."

The airframe and powerplant program will have an initial 25 slots available per class.

Read more about the OTC project in the Oct. 30 print edition of Springfield Business Journal.

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