The AAR Eagle Career Pathway program at RVC will expand the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program.
Students will receive enhanced instruction that includes job shadowing and mentoring.
Those who go on to pursue an FAA-certified aircraft mechanic license could also have their tuition reimbursed up to $15,000.
AAR says the program helps it fill the skills gap that many companies are experiencing.
“The workforce shortage is real, facing both the airline industry as well as the repair station business,” said Ryan Goertzen, AAR Corp’s Vice President of Workforce Development. “We must come along schools, like Rock Valley, to help them grow their program and develop pathways in which we can get students to choose an aviation career.”
RVC is the second school to team up with AAR after Western Michigan University launched the program last year.