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Delta Air Lines Chooses Lansing Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technology Program as one of Best in Nation

July 13, 2017

LANSING, MICH. - Lansing Community College (LCC) has been selected as one of 43 Aircraft Maintenance schools to partner with Delta Air Lines. LCC was selected from 177 Aviation Maintenance Programs across the United States and is the only community college in Michigan to offer this program.

Over 100 criteria were used in Delta's selection process including equipment and facilities, level of hands-on-training, and quality of teaching. This new partnership establishes Delta as a resource for continuous improvement and will broaden access for LCC graduates to 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," said 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," said LCC President, Dr. 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 program is one of the most affordable in the nation. Graduates who attain FAA licensure as Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics can earn a starting salary of up to $50,000.

"This is a significant achievement for our students, faculty and program," said Mark Bathurst, director of LCC's Aviation Program. "We are pleased Delta recognized the opportunities offered to our students and anticipate a highly productive relationship with them for years to come."

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. Students can choose from morning or evening class sessions and train on contemporary aircraft including jets and helicopters.

"We are proud to have Lansing Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technology program and its state of the art facility at Mason Jewett airport as part of the capital region's airport system," said Wayne G. Sieloff, AIA, AAE, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority. "The program exemplifies excellence and fulfills a vital role for the future of the air travel industry. LCC's partnership with Delta Air Lines will yield immense benefits for the students, Lansing's aviation community, and our region."

LCC's Aviation Technology program operates at the Mason Jewett Airfield. To learn more about the program, visit For questions, or to receive more information, please call (517) 483-1406.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college and is ranked as the best Community College in Michigan this year by With nearly 15,000 students attending each year, LCC offers general education for those interested in transferring to a university, career and workforce development, continuing education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized classes and short-term certifications. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 335 destinations in 62 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub,, and

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