AAR Hiring Again in September, Announces Training Partnership with LSC

Updated: 07/17/2014 10:12 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 9:13 PM

A new training partnership between Lake Superior College and a large Northland employer hopes to build a more skilled workforce while offering jobs to 50 low-income residents.

An official ceremony at the AAR hangar on Thursday welcomed nearly $90,000 from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to help develop and implement a 60-hour training program.

In September, company officials say they will be expanding from three maintenance lines to four. That means they need nmore support technicians.

According to Mark Ketterer, vice president of operations for AAR, this program will help his company create qualified applicants while providing a good-paying job in the aircraft industry. 

"It presents a pathway for those students to start at an entry-level position and progress all the way up to a licensed aviation technician at some point, Ketterer said. "So it gives them a great pathway for a career-job and not just an entry-level position.

AAR says they will offer an interview to every person who graduates from the program. 

AAR has grown from 25 employees in just shy of 300 in about one year.

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