(a) The Alabama Aviation College, formerly known as the Alabama Institution of Aviation Technology, is established as an independent institution within the Alabama Community College System responsible for providing aviation education and training statewide. The Alabama Aviation College shall be responsible directly to the Chancellor, who shall provide an annual budget that adequately funds the statewide mission of the college. The mission of the college shall include preparing and training maintenance, service, and new build assembly technicians for the aviation industry.
(b) To ensure that programs and curriculum provided by the college are aligned with the needs of the aviation industry, the Chancellor shall appoint an Aviation Commission to advise and make recommendations to the Chancellor to ensure that curriculum content is appropriate, aviation programs offered are marketed to the fullest extent, and partnerships with business and industry are established, and other duties as designated by the Chancellor. In no event shall the college be combined or consolidated with another community or technical college within the Alabama Community College System to form a regional institution. Nothing in this article shall preclude the Chancellor from establishing a site or branch, whether permanent or temporary, to fulfill the statewide aviation education mission of the Alabama Community College System.