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Calhoun joins SpaceTEC and North Alabama Aerospace Industry to Honor Outstanding Aerospace Technicians

5/24/2012

Calhoun Community College, in conjunction with SpaceTEC and several local aerospace companies, recently honored outstanding aerospace technicians during the 5th Annual Aerospace Technician Recognition Awards dinner.

“This event is one of the premier activities of SpaceTEC and is held each year to recognize and honor the many significant contributions of our local aerospace technician workforce," commented Dr. Marilyn Beck, Calhoun president.

The highlight of the evening was the recognition of each sponsoring company’s Aerospace Technician of the Year and the presentation of the 2012 Regional Aerospace Technician of the Year honoree, selected by representatives from each sponsoring company.  Winner of the 2012 North Alabama Regional Aerospace Technician of the Year award was Eric Williams with ERC, Inc.-NASA.

Other company technicians recognized were Phillip Farrish, AI Signal Research Inc.; Joseph C. Jennings, ATK; James R. Simpson, The Boeing Company; Barry Horn, ERC, Inc. – DoD; Mark Griffith, INFOPRO Corp.; and Deborah N. Chapman, United Launch Alliance.

Guest speaker for the event was Lt. Col. Patrick M. Marshall, chief, Responsive Space Division Technical Center, Army Space and Missile Defense Command.  According to Tad Montgomery, assistant dean of Technology and Workforce Development at Calhoun, close to 300 aerospace employees, students and guests attended the recognition event.

SpaceTEC®, the National Science Foundation's Center of Excellence for Aerospace Technical Education, is the focal point for providing aerospace related post-secondary technical education for aerospace employees. SpaceTEC® and its industry partners offer programs that prepare aerospace technicians to become Certified Aerospace Technicians.

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