The Greater Rockford (Ill.) Airport Authority (GRAA) and Rock Valley College (RVC) broke ground on a new RVC Aviation Maintenance Technology Program site. The 40,000-sq-ft facility, which will be located on the grounds of Chicago Rockford International Airport, will house the RVC educational course of study for aeronautical maintenance and repair and will allow RVC to expand and enhance its current program. Rockford is a major center of aerospace activity, with more than 200 aerospace suppliers operating in the region.
“As a thriving aerospace cluster, we consistently receive inquiries from businesses exploring expansion, growth and relocation opportunities. And quite frankly, one of the determining factors is whether or not we have a distinctly aligned workforce to support the type of specialization required,” said Mike Dunn, executive director of Chicago Rockford International Airport. “We are thrilled now to be able to share with prospects that our workforce will be even more strongly aligned. This distinction will continue to propel the region forward in being an aerospace leader.”