BY STANLEY DUNLAP, The Telegraph

APRIL 17, 2019 04:37 PM, UPDATED APRIL 18, 2019 06:56 AM

AVIATION PARTNERSHIP IS WIN-WIN FOR ROBINS AFB, CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

When Robins North opens later this year, a group of Central Georgia Technical College students will be able to get an closeup view of what their future may hold in the aviation industry.

The partnership between the technical college, Robins Air Force Base and local and state governments was hailed as a groundbreaking when it was announced April 5 before hundreds gathered inside the former Boeing hangar at Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

Leaders with Robins and CGTC detailed this week how the partnership will work and will become an economic driver for the region.

The two groups working out of Robins North will be the base’s 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group and CGTC’s aviation maintenance and aircraft structural programs.

“What it’s going to do is put us all in one location so we’re going to have the space to expand,” said Shane Waldon, division chair of Aerospace and Transportation at Central Georgia Technical College. “The growth in both programs allows us to provide more employees not only to Robins Air Force Base and the region but also statewide and globally.”

There will be about 200 base employees and the same number of CGTC students at Robins North by the time the new school year begins in August.

The new facility should allow CGTC to expand the two aircraft programs by another 100 students, Waldon said.

STUDENTS CAN WATCH AIRPLANE REPAIRS

More space also is needed for Robins as its workload surges over the next several years.

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