Victorville Group to Launch Mechanics Classes

The consortium's goal is to help airport aerospace companies fill 150 to 300 new mechanics jobs needed each year.

The Victorville company needs about 160 mechanics to handle current work, Worsham said.

The consortium plans to recruit high school students. College officials will visit the schools to recruit seniors and encourage high school juniors to focus on physics, math, science and reading in preparation for mechanics training.

Worsham spearheads the consortium, which started in 2005 as an alliance of airport aerospace companies and four community colleges.

"We've been working with Jim Worsham the last one-and-a-half years to make the training center come to fruition," Halsey said.

Victor Valley College expects FAA and college system approval by fall, Parisi said.

Workers currently employed by logistics airport aeospace companies can take certification courses Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Worsham said.

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