Members of the Red Oak Campus administration of Texas State Technical College and senior management of Bombardier recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony while announcing a new aviation apprentice training program. The program is a joint effort between the college and Bombardier.

“This program will provide a pipeline of trained workers that will provide support for the manufacture of the advanced metallic wing for the Global 7500 aircraft wing made by Bombardier,” said Tony Curry, Bombardier general manager. “Bombardier and Texas State Technical College have come together in a partnership to start an apprenticeship training program to support that talent need.”

Marcus Balch, provost of Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus in Red Oak, also spoke.

“TSTC is extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with Bombardier on the Aviation Apprenticeship Program,” Balch said. “We are thrilled to be a part of training program participants from right here in the area that will ultimately live here and work here in Red Oak and the surrounding communities.

“This program is a prime example of the type of strategic partnerships that TSTC desires to build moving forward,” he said. “The Bombardier team and the city of Red Oak have been a pleasure to work with and the plan is to continue this partnership for many years to come.”

The program kicks off with 30 students in the Bombardier training lab on the TSTC Red Oak campus, with Curry noting that, over the next 24 months, more than 240 students will take part in the development program, “ensuring the future success of the Global 7500 program.”

Bombardier and TSTC, working through the partnership, will offer expert training in conjunction with TSTC’s excellent facilities, allowing students to benefit at no cost from industry-tailored modules, experienced instructors, tools and equipment and financial support.

The Red Oak Bombardier facility builds a high technology wing for the Bombardier Global 7500, described by Curry as “the most luxurious business passage aircraft in the world.”

Red Oak Mayor Mark Stanfill shared his excitement about the partnership, saying, “We are excited that you are here in Red Oak and we have always been excited that TSTC has been here. There couldn’t have been a better partnership, having the three of us here together.”

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