BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 business is partnering with a Region 8 college to educate and train students for one of the local job markets.
Aviation Repair Technologies in Blytheville is starting a new internship program for aviation maintenance students at Arkansas Northeastern College beginning August 2013.
"We'll get them up here, let them get dirty with the rest of us because that's the best way to learn," said ART Senior Mechanic Blake Lee.
Lee has worked in the aviation maintenance industry for 21 years. He has been with ART for two years after moving from Mobile, Alabama.
"After 9/11 the industry took a serious nosedive and now, there's thousands of jobs out there, and there's not enough mechanics with experience now-a-days to do this. So, the more people we can get back in the industry the better," he said.
The students selected for the 26-month program will work part-time at ART during the day and go to school at night.
"They'll work with other mechanics, seasoned, experienced mechanics to learn the different facets of aircraft maintenance," said ART Human Resource Manager Kasie King.
Once the program ends, the interns could have jobs in place after graduation.
"Once they go through the two-year program, they will have the possibility of becoming a full-time employee of Aviation Repair Technologies," King said.
ANC will refer a list of potential interns to ART. Those candidates will be interviewed and 10 to 12 interns will be chosen to begin company orientation in August.
King says they hope to choose groups of interns yearly, and the program is patterned after internships already in place at Tenaris and Nucor-Yamato Steel.
"We prefer to create the jobs here in Blytheville and have local jobs," King said.
"We want, especially the college graduates, to have opportunities, especially in their hometown."
For more information about the ANC aviation maintenance internship, click here or call 870-762-1020.