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PCC signs agreement with Chinese aviation college
Photos and Story by James Hill
The Hillsboro Airport’s Bell Long Ranger carried the President of Civil Aviation College of Guangzhou in China Wanmin Wu (left), pilot and PCC graduate Nicole Ludwig and Rock Creek Campus President David Rule on a tour of Portland Community College’s district.
The two colleges signed a memorandum of understanding during Wu’s April 23 visit. If all goes as planned, Chinese aviation instructors could begin studying at PCC as early as this summer.
Wu’s visit was part of his trip to PCC to explore a partnership that would train his aircraft maintenance instructors and students. China, with its formerly closed airspace, is seeing an increased interest in general aviation.
“Chinese general aviation is in its infancy right now,” said Rock Creek Campus president David Rule. “This is a wonderful opportunity for PCC to help that industry get off the ground, so to speak.”
PCC has a long relationship with Hillsboro Aviation, which provides access to students to its FAA certified flight school an aircraft. It also often hires its graduates in aviation maintenance and science.