AAR Will Work With Colleges To Formulate Curricula

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM CST

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - With the announcement of AAR Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul group coming to Duluth, some area colleges are looking at changing their offerings.

AAR is expected to bring an estimated 200 jobs to the area...with that, schools like Lake Superior College say they have been in talks with AAR and would work on formatting their curriculum in order to better prepare their Technology, maintenance and welding students for a career in the Northland's ever growing aviation sector.

Aviation brings in about one-point-four billion-dollars in annual economic impact to the region...which means the potential for high paying jobs for graduating students.

Vice President of AAR, Danny Martinez, says once they get the ball rolling in Duluth, they plan to work with area colleges.

"We always partner with the local educational organizations there and create a pipeline of people coming in to the facility. We'll be looking for students and looking for a generation of people coming into our operation," says Martinez.

Martinez says they will be looking to hire a wide gamut of workers like machinists, welders and utility crews.

Danyel Piecek
dpiecek@northlandsnewscenter.com