The Western Michigan University College of Aviation is receiving a significant bump in funding as a part of the state budget before Governor Snyder.

The College, based at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, will spend about $20 million to build a 67,000 square foot addition to the campus, with $15 million coming from the state.  The project is expected to be completed in 2019, and include additional classroom space and a state-of-the-art simulation facility, along with a research center.

The project is intended to meet an expected growing in enrollment, as demand increases for aircraft pilots.

WMU President John Dunn says that Senator Mike Nofs and Representative John Bizon were “particularly instrumental” in getting the funding for the project.