SCLA training program ready to fly

Jun. 6--SAN BERNARDINO -- The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $500,000 Tuesday to help jump-start an aviation training program at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville.

The money, which was secured by 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, will go toward purchasing equipment and making capital improvements at SCLA to establish the program.

A survey of the 17 aviation-related companies at SCLA showed they need 150 to 300 new aviation mechanics annually.

After finishing the two-year program that will be offered through Victor Valley College, the airframe and power plant mechanics will be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and earning a median average income of $57,380 annually.

With more experience workers can earn up to $77,234.

The initial goal is to get 300 workers through the program, said David Zook, spokesman for Mitzelfelt. That would come to $17.2 million of income for the county.

"This assistance will provide career opportunities for hundreds of High Desert residents every year while giving SCLA companies the new pool of talented technicians they have been searching for," Mitzelfelt said.

If the FAA approves the curriculum, equipment and facilities, VVC hopes to start the program in October.

For more information go to www.vvc.edu and click on aviation maintenance or call the Department of Workforce Development at 949-8526.

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