Groundbreaking for New Aviation Center

By: Shannon Smith
By: Shannon Smith

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Crews are breaking ground on the new Rock Valley College Aviation Center, which will feature more space for Modern Technology and students.

“You’re looking at a floor plan, but to actually be in the space will be neat to see.”

Todd Morgan says he can’t wait to teach his airplane mechanics class in a New Rock Valley College state-of-the-art facility next summer.

“It’s going to allow us to expand to take in more students, get into a more modern facility. Ours has been here since 1968- 1969. We’ve just outgrown it.”

Crews will be breaking ground soon for the $5 million project to turn land near the Rockford Airport into a 40,000 square foot aviation maintenance facility, which is four times the amount of space Morgan currently uses to teach more than 50 students.

The new building will have six classrooms, modern labs, and a larger hangar for mechanical training on planes. That’s something Jeff Kaney says he’s looking forward to.

“Great available work force, that’s highly trained and ready to go to work.”

Kaney is the CEO of Kaney Aerospace and says this facility could give him more potential employees.

“The jobs are there, this is an area of the economy that’s growing, so there will be more jobs,” Kane said.

Morgan says he hopes his students will be able to land on of those jobs as a certified mechanic thanks to the training in the new building.

The project is expected to bring in about 40 construction jobs. The facility is scheduled to open August of 2015. Morgan says he already has students from O’Hare Airport working to get their mechanics license. He hopes this new building will attract students from across the country.


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