Department Head of the Aviation Maintenance Program, informed the students of H.H. Ellis Tech today, 12 Nov 2008, that the state of Connecticut could be shutting down both aviation maintenance schools in Connecticut along with all Adult Education Programs. Harvard H. Ellis Technical School is the oldest F.A.A. certified public maintenance technical school/ repair station in the nation with over 60 years of experience. Ellis Tech's Aviation program has been very successful in providing training/ and re-training for individuals. Graduates of the Ellis Aviation program have almost a 100% job placement. The graduates at Ellis also have starting salaries of up to $50,000 a year. The aerospace industry is experiencing unprecedented employment opportunities. Engine and airframe manufacturers, airlines, and maintenance companies are all in need of trained, licensed personnel. This growth is expected to continue well into the next century. The closing of the two maintenance schools would be detrimental to the state of Connecticut, and Connecticut based Aviation Businesses. This aviation maintenance program is providing individuals, businesses, and corporations in Connecticut the opportunity to succeed in this economic downfall. There are countless businesses and jobs, well-paying careers for both men and women, in Connecticut that depend on graduates from the Aircraft Maintenance Program at Ellis and its sister school in Stratford. Some of these businesses, manufacturers include Bombardier, Embraer, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky just to name a few. We the undersigned petition the close of the two Aviation Maintenance Schools in Connecticut. -Annemarie Korzon
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