ECU hosts round table discussion on potential aviation industry institute

GREENVILLE (WITN) ECU's Workforce Development board, major aerospace companies and government representatives gathered to discuss how to grow the aviation industry.

ECU hosted Spirit Aerosystems, other aviation aerospace companies, community colleges and military installations, as well as congressional and state leadership Friday.

They talked of potentially creating an aviation industry institute where all organizations present would collaborate to provide opportunities to ECU and community college students.

Vice Chancellor Jay Golden says this would help close the skills gap between eastern Carolina workers and the industry's positions.

"We have a solid infrastructure base. We have the research capabilities of ECU and our other partners and so now it's time for us to all get together to really make sure that we have the workforce that is going to be required as the sectors grow," said Golden.

Golden said there is room for innovation in the industry, citing possibilities such as drones, satellites and other autonomous vehicles.