COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- North Idaho College's new aerospace program has officially taken flight.
The new program has 39 students enrolled. It offers classes in composite materials like fiberglass and will soon offer classes in air frame maintenance and machining.
"This is real time. They're learning on the fly. They're going to be able to use these skills just as soon as they leave the classroom and apply them in the industry," said instructor Evan Moore.
A recruiter for the program said the aerospace industry in North Idaho is booming.
“Here in northern Idaho, all there companies have expansion plans. Right here in our backyard. AS well, you can see the future catching foot in maritime, automobile,” said Program Recruiter, Patrick O’Halloran.
Students will also learn about the materials that go into making hydroplanes and the ones that race on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
College leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new building Thursday.