Hagerstown Campus of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics opens
Hagerstown Campus of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics opens at Hagerstown Regional Airport; Maryland Governor O'Malley welcomes new school at ribbon cutting
(Hagerstown, MD) -- As cameras flashed, business and community leaders welcomed Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to the Hagerstown Regional Airport. The Governor flew from BWI on a Cape Air commuter plane.
On Saturday, April 30th, the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) officially opened its doors at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland Delegate Andrew Serafini, Board of County Commissioners President Terry Baker, PIA Director Dr. James Mader, Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Alexander Sanchez, and the President of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Tom Riford helped celebrate the grand opening of the new technical aviation school.
Riford also served as the Master of Ceremonies at the event, which attracted more than 100 people, including students from the first class at the Hagerstown campus.
"Maryland is well-positioned to recover more quickly than other states because of our talented and skilled workforce. We must build on that strength and continue our work to prepare Marylanders for the new economy," said Governor O'Malley.
With over 80 years of training in the Aviation Industry, PIA instructors and staff were very excited to bring their education and experience to the new aviation maintenance school. The 16-month program will prepare students to work on everything from hot-air balloons to the space shuttle.
"In the aeronautics sector, it's not a matter of not having enough jobs, it's a matter of not having enough people with the skills to fill those jobs," said Governor O'Malley.
The new school is located in the Topflight Airpark, which is the former Fairchild facility.