Tarrant County College has struck a $16 million deal with Bell Helicopter to purchase the company’s 161,000-square-foot military programs facility at Alliance Airport.
TCC intends to use the space to create an estimated $20 million learning center for aviation, aerospace and logistics training. The new facility will allow TCC to expand aircraft maintenance programs now held at its Northwest campus and Meacham International Airport.
A contract was signed Monday by TCC and Bell Helicopter officials. Plans are to move into the Bell facility in June 2014 and hold courses such as aviation welding, transportation technology, pilot training, logistics and composite technology training, officials said today.
TCC leaders said they want the facility ready for classes by fall 2014.
“Our agreement to purchase the military programs facility from Bell Helicopter means that we can expand our program and, more importantly, we can be sure our students are receiving the advanced training they need to hit the ground running after graduation,” TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley said.
John L. Garrison, Bell’s president and chief executive officer, said he was proud to support TCC’s expansion.
“We are continuing to explore opportunities with TCC to offer advanced technical training for desired skill sets essential to our manufacturing and maintenance processes,’’ Garrison said.
The sale of the Alliance property is part of Bell’s plan to consolidate facilities at its expanded home campus in east Fort Worth. The aerospace company, owned by Textron, is undergoing major renovation of its headquarters facility. It is expected to lease the property back from TCC until March 2014 until those renovations are completed.
The 161,200-square-foot building sits on 15.37 acres at 2301 Horizon Dr. at Alliance Airport. The building has direct access to an airport runway and includes two airplane hangars.
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