Southern Arizona’s aviation industry soon will get a much-needed workforce boost following the state's one-time appropriation of $15 million to Pima Community College’s (PCC) nationally recognized Aviation Technology Program.
The PCC Aviation Center is the only facility in Arizona to focus on maintenance and repair training for large transport commercial aircraft. The program expects to break ground on the expansion this fall and welcome new students as early as next fall. The funding was part of the Arizona Legislature’s recently passed $11.8 billion budget.
The money will allow PCC to double the size of its facility to train aviation technology students, dramatically reducing or eliminating the current one-year wait time for students to get into the program. The appropriation represents the first funding from the state to PCC since 2015.