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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

Auburn University's aviation program is said to be receiving a boost after the school announced the creation of a new aviation center to be located at the airport.

The new center will serve as the focal point for instruction, research and outreach while supporting the aviation and aerospace industries. It will also recruit industry to Alabama, improve flight operations, training and collaborate with other schools in workforce development.

"We're building a more robust, visionary aviation program that creates opportunities for students and fosters economic development in the state," said Bill Hutto, director of the Auburn University Regional Airport and a member of the aviation faculty in the Harbert College of Business.

Not only will the center become the focal point for teaching but also it will work with the professional flight management and aviation management degree programs. Students will benefit from opportunities to follow industry trends, changes and potentially interact with potential employers.

"Auburn will support state leaders in recruiting new aviation and aerospace industry, retaining industry already in Alabama and renewing industry through research and innovation," said Seth Hammett, a member of the new center's steering committee.

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