|Gov. Mike Beebe speaks at the PTC Aerospace Technology Center grand opening.|
Pulaski Technical College celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded Aerospace Technology Center on Wednesday. More than 400 guests attended the event to celebrate the completion of a 25,000-square- foot expansion that more than doubles the instructional space.
Gov. Mike Beebe, along with U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder praised the college for its economic development work.
"This is a perfect example of what can happen when you have the private and public sections partnering together to make things happen," said U.S. Senator. Blanche Lincoln.
Also attending was Camilla Osborne, director of operations management for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, through which the college received a $1 million for the expansion project.
"It's amazing to see the work that has been done in such a short time," Osborne said Wednesday.
The aerospace center, located next to the North Little Rock Airport, is an FAA-certified school that trains aircraft maintenance technicians.
"Our new facility will enable the college to train more workers for jobs in the aerospace industry, which continues to be our state's largest export industry," said Dr. Dan F. Bakke, the college president.
The expansion also was funded in part by a $1.75 million in funding through the Arkansas Higher Education Technology and Facility Improvement Act of 2005; and a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
See a photo album from the event here.