Lansing Community College (LCC) has been selected as one of 43 aircraft maintenance schools from 177 across the US to partner with Delta Air Lines, becoming the only one in Michigan to do so.

Over 100 criteria were used in Delta's selection process, including equipment and facilities, level of hands-on-training and quality of teaching. The new partnership establishes Delta as a resource for the College’s continuous improvement and will broaden access for LCC graduates as they become the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals.

“By providing students from these top-notch schools real-world training and direct support from Delta, we have a unique opportunity to generate awareness and interest in a very promising and enriching aviation career,” commented Joe McDermott, Delta's managing director of cabin maintenance, training and support services.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for our students and their careers,” added LCC’s President, Brent Knight. “As our program continues to evolve, Delta will play a role in shaping our training to anticipate and meet the needs of the industry. To have a partner as well-renowned globally as Delta Air Lines is very powerful for our students and our community.”

LCC's two-year Aviation Technology program prepares students to earn three FAA-approved certificates, allowing them to enter a career in aviation as experts in aircraft maintenance and repair. The College says graduates who attain FAA licensure as aircraft and powerplant mechanics can earn a starting salary of up to US$50,000.