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Lake Superior College opens Center for Advanced Aviation

Lake Superior College students interested in a career in aviation now have a new learning center near working professionals in their field. The college officially opened the doors to its new Center for Advanced Aviation on Wednesday morning. Loca...

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Lake Superior College officially opened the doors to its new Center for Advanced Aviation on Wednesday morning. at the Duluth International Airport. (Samantha Erkkila / serkkila@duluthnews.com)
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Lake Superior College students interested in a career in aviation now have a new learning center near working professionals in their field.

The college officially opened the doors to its new Center for Advanced Aviation on Wednesday morning. Located at the Duluth International Airport in Hangar 103 next to Cirrus Aircraft on Airport Road, the center houses both the professional pilot and aviation maintenance technician programs offered at LSC.

"This facility was remodeled to serve FAA teaching requirements. It also serves our commitment to the aviation industry and to the training of students for well-paying and skilled jobs," Lake Superior College President Pat Johns said.

LSC signed a 10-year lease with the Duluth Airport Authority last November for rental of the 40,000-square-foot facility. TKDA's Duluth office designed the space while Kraus-Anderson completed the construction.

"We have an awful lot of industry partners in the area and that offers them an expanded look into the aviation industry and the opportunities that are actually awaiting them after they graduate," said Robert Wolfe, an aviation maintenance technician instructor at LSC.

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The college's aviation maintenance technician program previously was housed at the main campus on Trinity Road, while the professional pilot program was located in a smaller space at the airport. The programs currently have more than 100 students enrolled.

"It was really hard to work around things (in the old classroom), so to have this big hangar to have all the equipment we need is very nice," said Troy Naughton, an aviation maintenance technician student from Superior.

"It's nice to be able to just walk in and see planes right away when you walk in each day and know that is what you are going to be doing in a few years after you graduate," said Chris Miller, an aviation maintenance technician student from Forest Lake, Minn. "It doesn't feel like a school. It feels like you are already on the job working."

Samantha Erkkila is a former digital content producer for the Duluth News Tribune.
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