FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) - A university near southwest Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base plans an aerospace professional development center as industry employers lose a significant amount of workers to retirement and search for qualified replacements.

State Sen. Chris Widener of Springfield tells the Dayton Daily News the center will open this month. The school will work with the government and defense and aerospace contractors.

Widener says industry employers have complained that they have open jobs but can't find properly trained workers.

Widener didn't say how much the center would cost but said it will be funded using money collected through casino license fees and intended for workforce development.

The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates Ohio had nearly 16,000 workers in the aerospace industry as of last spring.