Educational opportunities in the aviation field are growing in the Triad with a new classroom building being built at Winston-Salem's Smith Reynolds Airport.

Forsyth Technical Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for a new $16 million Aviation Technology Lab.

The 53,000-square-foot building will include a space that can accommodate eight aircraft. It will provide educational programs for job training in aviation maintenance and avionics electronics.

It will be the Triad's latest facility for training in the aviation industry, joining Guilford Technical Community College, which has an aviation campus in Greensboro offering a variety of programs. 

The new lab in Winston-Salem will carry the name of Mazie Woodruff, who was the first African-American elected to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of next year.

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