SWANTON, Ohio (WTVG) – A new program at Federal Aerospace Institute at Kranz Toledo Express Airport intends to offer opportunities to adult students who plan to fill the void of 679,000 aerospace technicians that will be needed in the next 20 years.
“The program here is an adult education program where students will be able to graduate with their federal airframe and power plant certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration,” Brad McDonald, FAI Founder, CEO, and Course Instructor said.
Fifty-four students are currently enrolled in the ninth through 12th grade Toledo Public Schools Aerospace and Natural Science Academy. This new program will be available to post high school adults and also existing TPS students. Four classrooms are ready with two more under construction inside a hangar next to the airport runways.
“That’s how we’re trying to generate our schools, in particularly magnet schools that ultimately have the best return on investment, in essence, getting kids workforce ready, more importantly getting them employed and an opportunity to help with the economic revitalization,” TPS Superintendent Romulus Durant said.
Students can earn certification in 16 to 18 months and begin earning at least $50,000 a year in the workforce.
“Eighty percent of all the licensed technicians in the United States right now will have the ability to retire in the next 10 to 15 years. Less than two percent of the people coming in to fill those gaps