BTC air mechanic program suspended

November 18, 2011

From gazettextra.com: “BTC air mechanic program suspended” —  The Blackhawk Technical College Board on Wednesday suspended two programs that have graduated an average of 10.6 students a year at a cost of $470,000.

One of the programs—the Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Program—will continue operating for at least a year using money from reserves until enrolled students can graduate, but not additional students will be enrolled.

BTC President Tom Eckert said he has a “glimmer of optimism” that he might find private money to retain the airframe program. It costs is $370,000.

About two dozen people spoke Wednesday in support of keeping the aviation program, and Eckert said Thursday nobody doubts its quality.

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