Trident Technical College broke ground for the S.C. Aeronautical Training Center on November 4. If this news wasn’t great enough, it was followed a few weeks later by the announcement that the Zucker family is donating $6 million to Trident Tech in support of the facility.
SC Aerospace will hold its May 2017 quarterly event at Trident Tech and attendees will get a briefing on the facility and the offerings that will be available. The facility is expected to be a showcase for the industry and will continue to demonstrate that South Carolina is taking the necessary steps to build the talent pipeline of the future for the industry.
The $80 million, 224,000-square-foot-facility will house the school’s aeronautical programs and provide classroom and lab space for advanced manufacturing classes in areas including robotics and automation, mechatronics, and additive manufacturing (industrial 3-D printing).
“South Carolina has a decade to do what Washington State has had a century to do – create an aeronautical culture,” TTC President Mary Thornley said. “This center will be a concrete manifestation of that culture. It will inspire young people who visit to dream of a future career in aerospace. We need to spark an interest in aviation early, and then support that interest by providing a path to training and to the good jobs that are available in our state.”
Currently, the college’s aeronautical programs are located in five buildings on two campuses. Lack of space has meant waiting lists for popular aeronautical programs. The new facility will add more training space and increase efficiency by consolidating classrooms and labs into one building designed specifically for aeronautical and advanced manufacturing training.
Funding for the center has come from the following sources:
- State of SC: $48,441,348
- Charleston County: $19,087,000
- North Charleston: $1,000,000
- Federal grants: $2,471,560
- Trident Tech: $8,125,000
- Private Donations: $1,000,000
The center is expected to open in the fall of 2019.