Schools Training

Seneca College to Use Peterborough Airport?

17 APR 2012
Topic : Education News

It looks like Seneca College’s Bachelor of Aviation Technology program has found a new home: the recently expanded Peterborough Airport. The college and airport are said to be in discussions now to iron out a deal that will see the school relocate part of its aviation program to Peterborough.

Since its inception in 1968, the program had been located at the Buttonville Airport. However, with the recent closure of that facility, Seneca had been on the hunt for new digs, a process that included a comprehensive review involving site visits, resource analysis and safety concerns. Peterborough Airport, it seems, is the winner thus far.

“Seneca’s aviation program has a long history in leading aviation training in Canada and we offer the country’s only degree in flight technology,” Seneca President David Agnew said in a press release. “While we have considered many possible locations in Southern Ontario, the Peterborough location has been identified as providing the best location based on a number of criteria particular to our needs.”

It’s believed that a big part of that is centered on the airport’s recent upgrades and improvements, expansion work that totaled over $28 million. While the deal has not been finalized, it’s very close, at least according to city planning director Malcolm Hunt.

“It is the premiere post-secondary program,” Hunt told The Peterborough Examiner. “We have managed to strike a real chord with them regarding the opportunity to grow their program.”

Seneca College currently has 10 campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, and it offers degrees, diplomas and graduate certificates. The entire school of Aviation and Flight Technology won’t be moving, but second year students in the bachelor of aviation technology program will be based in Peterborough. The college’s fleet of airplanes and flight simulators will also relocate to Peterborough.

Stay tuned for more.

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