The Charlotte County Airport Authority (CCAA) is requesting a total of $3 million in State funding through the State Appropriations process for a new combined hangar and classroom facility for Charlotte Technical College’s (CTC) FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technician School.
- A larger facility is necessary to meet the aviation industry demand for aircraft mechanics, CTC’s growing student enrollment and it’s DEO requirement of 750 completers in 10 years (2018-19 Grant).
- State funding is essential to keep CTC’s costs low enough for tuition to remain affordable for students.
- CCAA will construct the facility and enter into a long-term lease with County Public Schools (CCPS) whereby CCPS will occupy and maintain the facility at the land-lease rate.
- This project aims to diversify economic development opportunities in the region, create new and high-quality job candidates, and support a burgeoning aviation industry in Florida.
LETTERS OF SUPPPORT
School Board, Charlotte County Public Schools
Charlotte County Economic Development Partnership
Charlotte County Economic Development Department
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida SouthWestern State College
Career Source Southwest Florida
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
Blackbird Aviation Group
Hendry County Public Schools
Turbine Weld Industries
Lt Col David Curtis, Civil Air Patrol
Farlows on the Water
Daniel Caldwell, Pilot & PGD Tenant
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA SUPPORT
The Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners agreed to support this legislative request at their October 12, 2021 Board Meeting.