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(Left to right: Joseph Cadavos, Mike Lockaby and Joey Turner, aviation maintenance instructors, stand next to our latest addition to our program.)


July 31, 2017 – Southwest Airlines recently donated a CFM56-3B1 high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine worth approximately $100,000.00 to Augusta Technical College’s Aviation Training Center. This engine will provide students with advanced training in troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining industry-grade aviation equipment.

The donation of the turbofan engine will further Augusta Technical College’s ability to prepare students for a career in the field of Aviation Maintenance Technology.

We are grateful to Southwest for such a tremendous donation. It is the College’s first turbofan engine, and it will be an asset to our program. Along with Augusta Tech curriculum and the Aerosim Boeing 737NG Virtual Maintenance Trainer that the Aviation Maintenance Technology students currently use in the program, the engine will further enhance the student’s learning experience by giving them additional real-world knowledge and hands-on training. Upon graduation from Augusta Tech’s program, students will be even more prepared to work for a major airline.

The Aviation Training Center is located at the McDuffie Regional Airport in Thomson, adjacent to the McDuffie County Campus of Augusta Technical College. The Aviation Training Center is approximately 6,700 square feet with two classrooms and two labs for Aviation Maintenance Technology. The facility houses all of the equipment and materials necessary to satisfy FAA requirements for certification of the program, including four complete aircraft.


About Southwest Airlines Co.
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From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets. With 44 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2016 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.

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About Augusta Technical College
Augusta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a public postsecondary institution that provides academic and technical education, customized business and industry training, continuing education, student support, economic development, and adult education services to its service area (Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties) at a competitive financial value. Associate of Science Degrees, Associate of Applied Science Degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit are provided through traditional and distance delivery methods. For more information, visit www.augustatech.edu.

For more information, contact Kimberly Holden, Director of Community Engagement & Public Affairs, Augusta Technical College, (706) 771-4819.