Broward College Breaks Ground on Aviation Institute Expansion

Ground breaking at BC Emil Buehler Aviation Institute
Ground breaking at BC Emil Buehler Aviation Institute

Expanded hangar and training facility to accommodate 100 more students per semester

 By Cindy Schutt


    PEMBROKE PINES, FLA.–Broward College officials, VIPs and students last week celebrated the groundbreaking of expanded facilities, including a hangar and additional classroom space, at the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute.  Funded by the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust, the Jerry

Student Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel, Broward College Vice President for Advancemrnt and Broward College Foundation Executive Director Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Nancy Bryant and Jerry Taylor, co-founder of the Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant Foundation

Taylor &Nancy Bryant Foundation, The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and the Batchelor Foundation, the expansion will open up significant space to serve more students in the burgeoning avionics field.

“All of us are well aware of the importance of the aviation industry to South Florida,” said Gregory Adam Haile, Esq., Broward College President.  “I’m particularly grateful to these philanthropic individuals who had the foresight to help us move forward with this expansion. Their transformative gifts to the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College will allow us to increase the number of students in our program by 50 percent, which in turn benefits our community as more qualified aviation technicians take their place in the workforce.”


Angelika Schlamger, PhD. and Jonathan DeLuca from The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation with Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq.

“Today is truly a celebration of private philanthropy and the impact our benefactors have had on the development, growth and excellence in aviation at Broward College,” added Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Broward College Vice President for Advancement and Broward College Foundation Executive Director. “The philanthropic support we celebrate today will help us create an innovative 21st century avionics and aviation maintenance program that will be the envy of aviation programs throughout the nation.”

The expansion of the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute will encompass a 12,000 square-foot increase in hangar and training facility space to create an augmented educational

George Weaver, trustee of the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust, with Helen Weaver

setting with a state-of-the-art Avionics Line Maintenance lab.  These state-of-the-art facilities will enhance the experience and training of Broward College aviation students to better support their transition into high-demand aviation positions upon graduation.

“South Florida’s aviation sector is a vital target industry we expect to continue to generate high-value jobs,” said Bob Swindell, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance President and CEO. “Broward College has been an outstanding partner in equipping a qualified local workforce by offering degree and

Miramar High School student Kiara Shannon (2nd from left), who spoke at the groundbreaking event, with fellow students

certificate programs in this important industry.

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