ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Rockford might soon be home to more airline mechanic students.
Rock Valley College and the Rockford airport agreed to build a new, larger state of the art facility as part of the college’s aerospace program. A piece of vacant land at the airport may soon be a 40,000 square foot training facility. After months of negotiating, Rock Valley agreed to a 20-year deal to rent the land. Leaders say it will cost around $5 million to build and hope to double the number of students in their program to about 150.
“The existing facility has served us well for many years but we have simply outgrown it. With the plan to expand and hopefully produce more graduates we have outgrown the building, we’ve been limited to one classroom for years now and that kind of limits how many graduates you can produce,” said Chairman of the Aerospace Program, Mark Adolphson.
The college and airport’s committee board is expected to pass the agreement by the end of the week and hope to break ground later this spring.