Ivy Tech Community College on Friday will celebrate the opening of its Emergency Response Training Lab for aircraft at Gary/Chicago International Airport.
The community college will be using a Boeing 737-400 aircraft, donated by the Popovich Family Trust, to train students, law enforcement and emergency personnel in responding to crimes and emergencies on aircraft.
Dignitaries scheduled to help Ivy Tech mark the new lab include Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; and Elzie Higginbottom, founder of B. Coleman Aviation, a new fixed-base operator at the airport.
On Sept. 30, the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority approved a plan developed by Ivy Tech Community College and Popovich Aviation to bring the Boeing 737-400 to the airport for training criminal justice students and law enforcement professionals.
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest post-secondary educational institution and serves nearly 200,000 students annually.