Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

U.S. Senator Schumer Secures $500,000 for College’s Aeronautical Technology Institute to Grow Workforce Pipeline

“Hudson Valley Community College is committed to meeting the training the needs of the Capital Region’s workforce, and we are honored to receive $500,000 in the recently-approved federal appropriations bill to support one of the college’s new workforce development initiatives – the Aeronautical Technology Institute at the Albany International Airport.

This funding, advocated for by Senator Schumer, and supported by Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko, will help fill critically-needed, good-paying career positions in New York’s commercial aviation industry. It will also allow the college’s new Aeronautical Technology Institute to fund scholarships for students from economically-disadvantaged geographic areas, and also help build out the infrastructure needed to provide the training.

We are exceptionally grateful to Senator Schumer for leading the charge to secure new funds for the Aeronautical Technology Institute. He recognizes that this investment will bolster training programs to support the aviation industry’s need and produce jobs that will benefit local residents and communities throughout the Capital Region. This new initiative will not only grow skilled talent here, but create opportunities for expansion at the airport and within our local and state economies as well.

The Aeronautical Technology Institute will offer a 12-month Aviation Maintenance Technician program that prepares students with the knowledge and skillset needed for required industry certifications and careers. Aviation mechanics and service technicians earn a median salary of $70,000 in New York State’s Capital Region, and with an aging workforce, an influx of newly-trained technicians is desperately needed.”

Additional details:

In 2021, the college announced that it established a partnership with the Albany International Airport to create the region’s first aviation maintenance technician program as one part of the college’s new Aeronautical Technology Institute. The institute also aims to offer both degree and certificate programs and non-credit, short-term workforce training programs taught by college faculty.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the overall employment of aviation equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to grow five percent annually from 2019 to 2029. The NYS Department of Labor projects a 15.4 percent increase in demand for aviation mechanics and service technicians through 2026.

In addition, a survey of regional airlines flying out of Albany International Airport indicates that each airline expects an average projected need of up to 10 more aviation mechanics per year over the next five years.

The Albany Port District Commission was recently awarded a $9.9 million grant from NYS Department of Transportation Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program (PFRAP) for upgrades to heavy rail and on-dock wharf system (the concrete support) at the Port’s existing maritime terminal. “The Port of Albany is the logistics hub for the Capital…
Hudson Valley Community College has become the first community college in the United States to join the UNEVOC Network, the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) global network for advancing technical and vocational education and training (TVET). A two-day event celebrating the college’s inclusion in the…
Dozens of Pioneer employees will trade computers for power tools as they spend a day building beds for local children in need, part of a unique community service initiative aimed at supporting Capital Region families. The event will take place on Friday, April 12 at Pioneer’s Headquarters at 652 Albany Shaker Road in Colonie. Employees will be…
Are you interested in participating in our award-winning Leadership Institute program? Join us at our virtual open house to learn more information and see…
9am - 10am
Looking for an opportunity to give feedback to the Chamber? Do you have ideas on how we can help you and your business better? Come to our Membership…
Join our highly anticipated annual “Meet the Mayors” panel discussion. The forum provides Chamber members a first-hand opportunity to learn directly from…
Check-In & Breakfast at 7:30am; Event starts at 8am