Craven Community College celebrates donation of helicopter

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

Dalrymple said that having Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East so close benefits the aviation technology program at the campus.

 “There is a lot of technology that can be learned either starting from square one, or you can take advantage of the expertise that’s right across the street and you are that much further ahead by doing so,” he said. “It’s a great way to partner with a fantastic institution in Marine aviation right here in Havelock. I think it’s great for the students.”

Aviation student Patrick Kirk said the school’s fleet of airplanes and helicopters was aging, but the donation provided a new intact aircraft.

“This school to me is a Godsend,” Kirk said. “God created mechanics so that pilots would have heroes.”

CCC vice president Layne Harpine said the opening of the military affairs center would help students.

“Our Havelock students come to us with a lot of challenges and obstacles,” he said.

He called the students a diverse group that includes single mothers, former military personnel, recent high school graduates and older residents looking for a second career.

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