Central Georgia Technical College announces the establishment of a formal working partnership with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company that will bring expertise to students in CGTC’s Aircraft Structural Technology program and enhance workforce opportunities with the aerospace giant. A memorandum of understanding was signed on August 19 at the college’s Macon Campus.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is currently working with the Georgia-Robins Aerospace Maintenance Partnership (G-RAMP) to secure funding for an aircraft maintenance and overhaul facility to be located next to Robins Air Force Base. If the contract is awarded to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, they will implement a comprehensive workforce development strategy to ensure a pipeline of workers is available to meet its future workforce needs.
The new partnership will manifest through a relationship with CGTC’s Aircraft Structural Technology program. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics will work with CGTC to provide various information and technical assistance for the instructional program, as well as participate in targeted outreach efforts with area school districts to enhance enrollment in college aerospace programs.
"This is a great day for our continued development of the workforce in central Georgia," said Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II, president of Central Georgia Technical College. "The potential jobs and economic impact with the project at Robins are significant, and this agreement will allow a strong player in the aerospace industry to create a program which will uniquely benefit our students and, in turn, the region.
Natale also noted the importance of the partnership to the college’s students. “Our students will have a direct link to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' resources and talents, which will make them truly workforce-ready. The partnership also represents Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' confidence in and support of CGTC and our Aircraft Structural Technology Program, which is highly regarded for the caliber and track record of our students that are placed “in-field.”
About Central Georgia Technical College
A comprehensive higher education institution, Central Georgia Technical College enrolls over 8,000 students annually in over 200 career programs offering numerous degree, diploma and certificate options, in addition to customized business and industry services, continuing education and adult education services. The College serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs Counties.
Pictured from left to right are: CGTC's Aircraft Structural Technology program chair Mike Skelly; Jon Gustafson, Workforce Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Gary Newman, Manager, Business Development, Global Sustainment Services, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; CGTC President Dr. Ron Natale and Vice President for Academic Affairs Craig Wentworth.