Gov. Justice attends dedication ceremony for new Marshall University Aviation Maintenance Technology Program


HUNTINGTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice took part in a dedication ceremony today at Huntington Tri-State Airport to celebrate the opening of a new Aviation Maintenance Technology Program that will be offered at Marshall University.

Marshall University and Mountwest Community & Technical College, in cooperation with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), have signed an agreement to offer a joint Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree for the education of aviation maintenance technicians.

The cross-institutional degree is the first of its kind in West Virginia.

“I congratulate you beyond belief,” Gov. Justice said. “What we're doing, right here, right now, is we're putting West Virginia on the map as a place where aviation-related industries can grow. We are embarking upon another horizon for West Virginia to step forward to.”
Marshall, Mountwest, and RCBI have been working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop an FAA airframe and powerplant maintenance program in Huntington. Pending final approval by the FAA, this collaboration will allow students to earn the joint degree in addition to their FAA certifications in airframe and powerplant maintenance.

The two-year program will have the capacity to enroll 75 students the first year.

The associate degree in aviation maintenance is just one of Marshall’s newest programs in aviation.

A four-year degree, educating and training pilots for fixed-wing aircraft is moving forward in cooperation with Yeager Airport in Charleston. Gov. Justice attended a groundbreaking ceremony in August 2020 to celebrate the start of construction on Marshall University’s new Bill Noe Flight School at Yeager Airport near Charleston.

“What's happening right here in this great town of Huntington, at this great airport here at Tri-State, it is great,” Gov. Justice said. “West Virginia is really moving, and it moves because of you. The spotlight of the world is on us now and as we keep it that way more and more people will come, more and more opportunities will come because of what you’re creating here.”

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