A partnership between The College of the Albemarle and Currituck County is designed to help develop aviation maintenance technology skills and fuel continued job growth in that regional cluster.
The "Wings over Albemarle" program began in August 2013 and features a pair of training modules to certify participants in the FAA Part 147 Airframe and Powerplant curriculum. The program is housed at a 40,000+ square-foot Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center built adjacent to the Currituck County Regional Airport.
In addition to the aviation curriculum, numerous other core course offerings in machining, mechanical drafting, composites and alternative energy are offered at the Training Center to local workforce participants. Moreover, College of the Albemarle is Currituck County’s exclusive custom-training partner, working individually with current and potential industry clients, offers these businesses specific workforce training programs to fit their needs.
All of these excellent training benefits are offered on the 600+ acre campus of Currituck Community Park, a synergy-driven development featuring business and industrial development sites, Currituck Regional Airport, recreation and education all connected in a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly campus setting.
March 4, 2013 - College of the Albemarle announces continuing education courses in Aviation will begin in April, 2013. Read More
October 14, 2012 -Construction of the COA facility moves on as scheduled.Read More
July 20, 2012 - College of the Albemarle is making progress in finalizing aviation education program, looking to add more courses to strengthen local workforce. Read More
July 10, 2012 -Take a look at our progress! Construction continues on the COA Regional Aviation & Technical Training center. The adjacent Maple Commerce Park industrial area is now fully complete. See the photos
March 13, 2012 - The College of the Albemarle announced today they received a $100,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to support the Currituck campus. Read More
March 8, 2012 - Currituck County and the College of the Albemarle host a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center. Over 100 attendees participated in marking this historic event and investment in Currituck County's economic future. Read More
February 23, 2012 - The College of the Albemarle announced today they received a $200,000 grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation to support the Currituck campus. Read More
July 23, 2011 - The College of The Albemarle is moving forward with equipment and a staff to open an aviation program at the Currituck County Regional Airport. The Currituck County Board of Commissioners earlier this week approved a plan to build the $6 million building that will house the program. Next month, the state community college board will be asked to approve the curriculum. Read More
July 18, 2011 - Students could begin taking classes at College of The Albemarle’s proposed aviation training center at Currituck County Regional Airport by August 2013.
The Currituck Board of Commissioners authorized county officials Monday to execute a $6.8 million contract with Sussex Development Corp. for construction of the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center.
Design of the training center, which will be located at the Currituck airport at the corner of U.S. Highway 158 and Airport Road in Maple, is expected to start immediately, and construction of the 40,301-square-foot facility could begin within four or five months, Currituck officials said Monday. Read More
April 19, 2011 - Last week, a press conference was held at the Currituck Airport Terminal Building to announce the cooperative partnership of Currituck County and College of The Albemarle to build the College of The Albemarle Currituck County Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck County. Program presenters, Vance Aydlett, Jr., Chairman of the Currituck County Commissioners, Dr. W. Roger Lambertson, Chair of the COA Board of Trustees, S. Paul O’Neal, Currituck County Commissioner and COA Board of Trustees Member, Paul R. Martin, Currituck County Commissioner and COA Board of Trustees Member, Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer, COA President, and Meghan S. Doyle, EdD, Superintendent of Currituck County Schools all spoke of similar themes of regionalism, partnership, collaboration, opportunity, the future of students, and putting the citizens of northeastern North Carolina to work.
Dr. W. Roger Lambertson stated, “The COA Board of Trustees applauds the leadership and the vision of the Currituck County Commissioners in this project. This is a win-win-win-win-win situation for the region, for Currituck County, for College of The Albemarle, for aviation, and most importantly for our students.”
Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer stated, “College of The Albemarle originated from a vision of regionalism 50 years ago serving the citizens of northeastern North Carolina - today, we still hold to the values that created our college and we continue to develop partnerships and collaborative relationships that envelopes regionalism in a whole new way. The College of The Albemarle Currituck County Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center is the beginning of a fourth site throughout our seven county service area and today we celebrate Currituck County and our partnership which continues to cultivate new opportunities for our citizens.”
College of The Albemarle will house its Aviation Sheet Metal program currently offered through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education division at this new site. The college is also moving forward in putting into place its Aviation Systems Technology curriculum program of study which would also be housed at this new site. This new curriculum program of study will provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to qualify for an aircraft mechanic’s certificate with airframe and/or powerplant ratings. This curriculum will be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 CFR Part 147, which governs aviation maintenance schools.
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*Pictured in photo from left to right - S. Paul O’Neal, Currituck County Commissioner and COA Board of Trustee member, Commander Dan Baravik, Division Chief for the Business Operations Division at ALC, and Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer, President of COA.