Just when they could have given up, a Springfield-based business came through for the building of a set of classrooms for Lincoln Land Community College at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

Levi, Ray, and Shoup has donated $850,000 that will result in building of new Aviation Program facilities for the college at the airport -- after years of officials searching for grant, state, or federal funding for the project.

"We did know that there was a need for Lincoln Land Community College to grow and further develop their program, says Mark Hanna, airport executive director.  Hanna also says the work is spurred by what is being described as significant work being done at Standard Aero.

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"Aviation mechanics graduates are in high demand, and the expansion of this program will allow more students to train for -- and to enter a secure career -- in their field," says LLCC president Dr. Charlotte Warren.

The number of students in the aviation program could double once the new facility is open by late fall.


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