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Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Urges LBCC Not to Cut Aviation Maintenance Program
Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Urges LBCC Not to Cut Aviation Maintenance Program

Long Beach, CA – January 15, 2013 – Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today urged Long Beach City College Board of Trustees (LBCC) to continue to offer the Aviation Maintenance Program, which is scheduled for discontinuation this month.

“There are four major airports besides the Long Beach Airport in the area and approximately 40 smaller airfields in the region where graduates of this valuable program may find jobs from this training,” says Schipske. “In such a difficult economic climate, it’s critically important that our schools train people for good paying jobs such as aviation maintenance. If it’s discontinued, I believe the majority of the program’s students would have no alternative program.”

The highly rated Aviation Maintenance Program at Long Beach City College is one of only seven offered in the entire state of California. The nearest programs available have two-year waiting lists or do not compare to the quality of LBCC’s program.

“We have to think seriously about the types of jobs for which we are training our workforce. With the Long Beach Airport here, and our important place in the nation’s aviation history, it makes sense that we maintain this highly ranked program.” Schipske emphasized.

Long Beach City College District Board of Trustees meetings are held at the Liberal Arts Campus T Building, Room 1100, 4901 East Carson Street in Long Beach. Schipske encourages residents to contact the Board of Trustees or Superintendent Eloy Oakley.