With business surging among government contractors at Hagerstown Regional Airport, a strong push has started to build a federally certified aircraft maintenance technician school in the area.
The school not only would benefit aircraft companies throughout the area, but could lead to high-paying careers for skilled factory workers left jobless by the recession, other residents and even returning veterans, an airport official said.
"We are hell-bent on making this program happen," said Greg Larsen, business development officer at the airport. "We have identified it as one of our highest priorities. We are planning to get it up and running by fall of 2010."
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The plan is to get it up and running by fall of 2010.
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The first phase of construction is estimated to cost between $30 million and $35 million.