The Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) started its aviation technology program in March 2013 with an Airframes and Powerplant (A&P) preparation course and a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing course. Since then, it has transformed into a program focused on military aircraft mechanics wanting to translate their skills into a license useful in the private sector.
“To date, we have had 142 complete the A&P course and 112 complete the FCC course,” said Sean Henrickson, TCL’s director for military education. “We have also funded an additional 43 students that attained certified logistics associate and certified logistics technician credentials.”
Nearly one-third of TCL’s student population falls under the categories of active duty, reserve, guard, veteran or dependent. Programs and services have been designed, and recently expanded, to meet the needs of those students to be designated as a military-friendly school.
“We think it is important for the community to understand the programs here at the college that are helping our military population transition into skilled labor jobs in the Lowcountry,” Henrickson said.
Through the aviation professional program, opportunities are available to gain licenses that facilitate employment at regional aviation giants such as Gulfstream and Boeing.
Graduates have been employed by Gulfstream Savannah, Boeing, GE Aviation, Hondajet, Sky Quest Aviation, Naval Aviation Depot and Wyle Defense, to name a few.
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