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Deal announces Aviation Academy at Chattahoochee Tech

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will establish an Aviation Academy to operate at Silver Comet Field at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. Chattahoochee Technical College will oversee operations and build a new facility to house the Aviation Academy, where students will train in aviation mechanics and maintenance.

“Here in the No. 1 state for business five times over, we are strategically building upon the economic assets that set us apart from other states and investing in academic resources to produce a highly skilled workforce,” said Deal. “With an investment of approximately $35 million, Chattahoochee Tech’s Aviation Academy at Silver Comet Field is yet another example of a partnership between the state and local levels creating a resource that will benefit both the economy of the local community and that of our entire state.

“Aviation industry leaders including Delta Air Lines, Gulfstream and Pratt & Whitney call Georgia home or have had major operations in our state for decades, and air traffic in Georgia continues to rapidly increase thanks to the world’s most-utilized airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. To remain a suitable home for employers such as these and to connect Georgians with high-paying, quality jobs, we are investing in aviation mechanics and maintenance training through TCSG, which has a proven record of success in providing specialized training.”

With the new facility at the Paulding County Northwest Atlanta Airport, Chattahoochee Tech will offer FAA-certified programs to earn an Aviation Maintenance Technician – Airframe technical certificate of credit (TCC), which allows a student to become certified in all parts of an aircraft except the engine, and the Aviation Maintenance Technician – Power Plant TCC, which certifies a student in all aspects of the engine of an aircraft. Additionally, Chattahoochee Tech will offer diplomas and associate of applied science degrees in Aviation Maintenance, both of which include airframe and power plant training. The HOPE Career Grant funds tuition for eligible students studying aviation through TCSG.

Deal was joined by TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur, Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb, Paulding County Commission Chairman Dave Carmichael, Paulding County commissioners and members of the Paulding County legislative delegation at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport for the announcement. Paulding County donated the land that will house the Aviation Academy.

“Technical jobs in the aviation industry require very specific training in unique facilities like the one we are at today,” said Arthur. “This Aviation Academy will be a tremendous asset to the industry because it will ensure a steady pipeline of skilled workers for years to come.”

Currently, there are seven FAA-certified aircraft maintenance training programs in Georgia, five of which are affiliated with TCSG institutions. Georgia ranks fourth in the nation for the number of individuals employed in the aviation field and job growth outlook for the industry exceeds national averages over the next 10 years.

USDA Awards $480,000 Grant to Chattahoochee Technical College

Chattahoochee Technical College recently was awarded a $480,000 Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend educational opportunities in Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties through the use of advanced technologies.

“These funds, combined with matching funds of $487,340, will allow the College to purchase telepresence equipment for high schools in Pickens, Gilmer and Paulding counties,” said Dr. Trina Boteler, Chattahoochee Technical College Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. “We will be using this equipment to provide credit courses and additional support and information for students and potential students who may have college access barriers due to their location in rural areas.”

Chattahoochee Tech has identified the need for distance learning to expand health program opportunities for students in rural areas, according to Boteler, including any prerequisite coursework needed for admission into health programs. Equipment funded by the DLT Grant also will be used to support Dual Enrollment and teacher professional development.

The DLT Grant is a competitive, national grant program administered by the Rural Utilities Service unit of USDA.

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Highland Rivers Health Governing Board Welcomes Two New Members

Murray County Chief Magistrate Judge L. Gale Buckner and Hiram Police Chief Todd A. Vande Zande were seated as members of the Highland Rivers Health governing board at its most recent meeting in February. Buckner and Vande Zande will serve three-year terms as representatives of Murray and Paulding counties, respectively.

“Mental illness and substance use disorders continue to have a substantial impact on both law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system in our state,” said Judge Allen Wigington, chair of Highland Rivers’ governing board. “Chief Vande Zande and Judge Buckner are important partners in Highland Rivers’ ongoing efforts to address these issues in communities in northwest Georgia. We are very pleased to have them join our governing board.”

Highland Rivers Health is governed by a 14-member board that includes a representative from every county in the agency’s service area (with two representatives from both Floyd and Polk counties) who are appointed by each county’s board of commissioners. Members serve three-year terms, and terms are staggered to ensure continuity of governance.

The board includes several individuals who have family members with mental illness, addictive disease or developmental disabilities, and includes representatives from the judicial system, family services, private industry, law enforcement, local government and healthcare, among others.

“Highland Rivers Health is very fortunate to have governing board members that are true advocates – not only for our agency, but more important, for the individuals we serve,” said Highland Rivers CEO Melanie Dallas. “Judge Buckner and Chief Vande Zande are excellent additions to our board and we thank the commissioners of Murray and Paulding counties for appointing them.”

For more information about the Highland Rivers Health governing board, including a list of members, meeting schedule and meeting minutes, visit the Highland Rivers website board page at: