CNA receives US$250,000 contribution from Boeing

9/9/2009 9:05:07 AM

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) today announced it has received a US$250,000 investment from The Boeing Company to benefit program improvements at the college’s Gander campus Aviation Centre.

“This is a great day for CNA and our Gander campus,” said CNA President Jean Madill. “This contribution is the largest ever received by CNA and will help ensure the college remains a world-class training facility for aviation services through initiatives that will strengthen our aviation programs.

The donation to Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician program will allow CNA to upgrade its shop and aircraft avionics, along with acquiring new ground support equipment for the hangar.

“The student experience will be enhanced significantly with a modern shop to work in and updated systems to work on,” said Gander Campus Administrator Bob Dwyer. “We are grateful to Boeing for this great contribution that will help our students today and for many years to come. Everybody benefits from this type of industry and college cooperation.”

The investments are in line with Canada’s Industrial & Regional Benefits policy and have been credited to Boeing’s reinvestment plan associated with the in-service support program for the four C-17 Globemaster III multimission transport aircraft delivered to the Canadian Forces.

“Boeing is steadfast in delivering on the promises it makes to invest in the locations where we do business, as this contribution to the CNA’s Aviation Centre demonstrates,” said Gwen Kopsie, director of International Industrial Participation and Alliances for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. “We are committed to creating partnerships that will result in long-term, high-value jobs for Canadians, and we complement that focus by supporting high-quality, hands-on education programs that prepare students for those opportunities.”

Graduates of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician and Aircraft Structural Repair Technician programs obtain employment with fixed-wing or rotary-wing commercial airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and repair and overhaul companies. In addition, opportunities exist for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technologists with private operators, flying schools and government departments.

CNA is Newfoundland and Labrador’s public college – one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training centres in Atlantic Canada, with a history dating back more than 40 years. The college has 17 campus locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and one in the Middle East State of Qatar. The college offers nearly 100 full-time program offerings and more than 300 part-time courses for some 20,000 students each year.


For more information contact:

Roger Hulan
Communications Specialist
College of the North Atlantic
(709) 643-7938

Amy Horton
Boeing Communications
(314) 233-4368