The Herkimer county BOCES got a new addition today, an airplane for kids to learn with.
The plane will be the center of a new aviation program taking flight come next fall.
"I feel like it’s an interesting program. It’s definitely different."
Aviation maintenance is vital.
"To the region, to the country, to the world. It’s very, very, in need right now. "
The people who work this job are the unsung heroes of the entire aviation industry, because without them planes wouldn’t be able to fly.
"It is a hands on field, but it’s also quite technical to, so if they can learn the foundations here; the transition will be very smooth for them."
The kids will get to learn a lot about the airplane, including air frame maintenance and they will get to work with the engine, which they hope will also build transferable skills.
“The skill sets that they'll learn in this program are very well transferable into electrical engineering, basic plumbing, basic electrical, basic welding."
It makes them a jack of all trades, but if they choose aviation.
"This is a way that you can be immediately in a field that is growing."
Making the program that much more valuable.
"Big demand, not much supply for new talent, so it’s a big problem right now. "
Which is already on the mind of students.
"With Griffis being in Utica and everything else. It opens a lot more opportunities for jobs. "
The program can be a jump start on the aviation maintenance program at MVCC.
Like the other programs at BOCES the program is for juniors and seniors in high school.