Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, April 28 2014 at 3:34 PM, Updated: Mon, April 28 2014 at 8:58 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. -- An aviation science program will soon be taking off at Klamath Community College.
KCC will be hosting an open house, and job expo on Tuesday for the kickoff.
KCC will offer the aviation science program through a partnership with Precision Aviation Training.
Klamath Community College's Ryan Brown notes that there's already a strong demand for the program "The nature of the helicopter pilot program that we're offering, we believe will have national and even international interest."
Brown adds that KCC is inviting the public, and job seekers to visit for an open house Tuesday "It's a campus-wide showcase, and a job fair taking place simultaneously."
KCC programs in nursing, culinary arts, automotive and diesel technology have been thriving despite a sluggish economy.
"Because more people are looking for training for employment." Explains Brown. "Either to get the few jobs that are out there, or move up and secure the jobs that they have."
Campus tours will begin at 10:30, while the job expo will begin at 1:30.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.