AAC at Mobile Experiencing Boom


January 23, 2013 Mobile, AL – The Alabama Aviation Center (AAC), a unit of Enterprise State Community College, announces the addition of new faculty due to increased demand for aviation programs offered.

The Alabama Aviation Center is the only provider of Aviation Maintenance training programs in Alabama. AAC at Mobile has seen a 66% increase in student enrollment over the last year. Since the July 2012 Airbus announcement, AAC saw enrollment jump from 131 students to 216 by the Fall semester the following August.

To meet the changing needs of the industry, AAC has added a significant increase in instructors and available courses.

Fall of 2012, AAC hired Kenneth Callais to teach dual enrollment classes, John Preshina for avionics and William Kelly instructs Powerplant classes.

Spring of 2013 Michael Thorjusen and Mark Jonson joined the AAC family instructing Airframe and Powerplant classes, Jerry Carter instructs Aviation Maintenance and Avionics classes, and Robert Watson instructs dual enrollment classes.

 “They all bring many years of experience working in the aviation industry,” said Dr. Matthew Hughes, Dean of Instruction. “As well as strong education credentials. We are very pleased to offer superior aviation training to the industry and look forward to a growing work force for our nation.”

Currently, the AAC is developing partnerships with area industries, school districts, local government, and work force development entities with the purpose of growing dual enrollment programs. Currently, the AAC is promoting a Fast Track option for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the aviation maintenance industry. Students that begin taking dual enrollment courses in the 10th grade may be able to complete their first certification within the year following their high school graduation. Courses are free of charge for high school students, which could save them upwards of $3,000 in tuition and book costs.

Dual enrollment courses are currently offered in the Airframe certifications in Mobile and Baldwin County schools, North Baldwin County Technical Center, T. L. Faulkner Career Technical Center, and the Bryant Career Technical Center in Irvington.

To further show the increase and demand for AAC at Mobile graduates, AAC reinstated the avionics program with a daytime schedule in the Fall semester 2012. Additionally, an evening avionics program began Spring 2013 and currently has 15 students enrolled.

“We anticipate student enrollment to continue to increase and we are always on the lookout for adjunct faculty,” said Hughes. “We encourage anyone who may be interested in teaching classes on an adjunct basis to contact the college.”

For more information about dual enrollment courses, enrolling in AAC, or adjunct instructing, visit www.escc.edu or call (334) 347-2623.    


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