WFMY News 2 Partners With Local Organizations To Launch 'Aviation Triad'

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- WFMY News 2 is partnering with local businesses and organizations for a marketing campaign to expand the aviation workforce in the Triad.

The initiative, Aviation Triad, unites the industry with community, civic and other aviation interests to highlight the growing aviation business. 

"A robust aviation industry is growing in the Piedmont Triad," said Penny Whiteheart, Executive Vice President of the Piedmont Triad Partnership. "There is great opportunity ahead as we build a workforce to match."

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Aviation Triad will communicate with different generations of Triad community members about opportunity and employment in aviation through digital and broadcast messages. More information is available on aviationtriad.com.

Aviation Thrives Here

WFMY News 2 produced a documentary about the future of the aviation industry in the Triad, "Aviation: Taking Off In The Triad," which is scheduled to air at 7 p.m., August 28.  

"Aviation is our region's economic opportunity," said Larry Audas, WFMY President and General Manager. "We are committed to advancing awareness of this exciting industry and working with our partners to help create a pipeline of qualified workers." 

Local community colleges, including Davidson County Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Randolph Community College, and Rockingham Community College are preparing students for promising careers in the aviation and advanced manufacturing fields. Aviation Triad was developed and funded by these colleges, as well as The Cemala Foundation, The Greensboro Partnership, Piedmont Triad Partnership, Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, the cities of Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, TIMCO Aviation Services and WFMY News 2. Additional partners are expected to join Aviation Triad. 

"Education will grow aviation employment and, ultimately, the regional economy. A trained workforce is the key," said Kip Blakely, TIMCO's Vice President of Industry and Government Relations. "When we rely on home grown talent, they're more likely to stay with us and develop, and that's what we're looking for."

Aviation Triad aims to create a sustaining support system for aviation and advanced manufacturing in the Triad.

For more information call Larry Audas at (336) 379-5700.

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