Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Flight Works Alabama breaks ground

MOBILE, Ala. – A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday at the Mobile Aeroplex, marking the start of construction of the Flight Works Alabama education center. The $6.5 million hands-on center will be near the Airbus manufacturing facility. “The future of our state begins right here,” said Gov. Kay Ivey about the hands-on learning center. It’s designed to bolster Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people. Jeff Knittel, Airbus Americas chairman and CEO, said what the industry needs is a workforce not only for today, but one ready for the future, and the center will help in a fun, creative way. The center, in addition to interactive exhibits, will host educational opportunities for adults. Nine educational partners – Auburn University, Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama, and the University of West Alabama – have signed on to provide courses. The center is due to open in late 2019. Close to 200 people attended the groundbreaking. (Source: GCAC, 09/12/18) Previous: More details on education center; Education center announced