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Everett Community College
offers first advanced avionics
program in Washington state
Avionics News recently spoke with Robert Prosch, associate dean of aviation for Everett Community College in Everett, Washington,
to learn how the institution has partnered with Boeing and other aviation/aerospace companies located in the Puget Sound Aviation
and Technology Corridor to create its brand-new advanced avionics program. Here are some excerpts of the conversation.
Avionics News: Tell us about Everett Community
College's background in aviation maintenance training.
Prosch: We are the first advanced avionics program in
the state of Washington. Other colleges in the region offer
introductory avionics programs based in electronics. HowProsch: Our aviation maintenance program started right
ever, our program maintains an FAA Part 147, allowing us to
here on Paine Field (now the Snohomlink the two programs together, offering
ish County Airport), in 1968, shortly
advanced opportunities to learn avionics
after the U.S. Air Force base was shut
systems in aircraft.
This is the first article in
down. We were originally granted old
The Boeing Co. was the leverage
a series that will chronicle
Air Force hangars to house our propoint for our partnership, identifying
the steps taken by leading
gram. The FAA air agency certificate
avionics as one of the largest skill gaps
was granted to the college in 1968 to
among aviation maintenance techs.
begin offering airframe and powerOther industry partners, such as Delta
institutions and AEA
and Alaska Airlines, as well as our aviacademic members to
In the mid-1980s, we built new faonics manufacturers and repair shops,
attract, train and motivate
cilities and moved to the opposite side
also identified avionics as one of the
the next generation of
of the airport where we are located
largest skill gaps in the industry.
today. We have over 48,000 square
Boeing has worked hand in hand with
feet of training space for our A&P and
us on the development of the curriculum
advanced avionics programs, includoutcomes for the program. As a result of
ing classrooms, lab facilities and hangars.
these outcomes, we worked closely with Nida Corp., an electronics technology training company located in Florida, which
Avionics News: Tell us about your advanced avionics
created an integrated avionics training system. We purchased
program and how it came to fruition.
their avionics trainers and software. It's a nice comprehensive