The Richmond Observer – NCDOT accepting applications for Aviation Professional Education Grants
RALEIGH — The Aviation Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation is accepting applications from airports for its 2022 Aviation Career Education Academy grant program.
The program supports aerospace workforce development by providing grants of up to $3,000 per academy to host summer academies focused on aerospace and aviation careers for students from colleges and high schools that inspire and engage the next generation of talent. Academies must accommodate a minimum of 30 students.
Topics may include aviation history, career discovery and planning, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones). Academies should prioritize the exploration of high-demand aviation and aerospace careers, such as pilots of manned and unmanned aircraft, aircraft technicians, electronics including coding and programming, l avionics, air traffic controllers and engineers. The academies will also explore how students can gain education and credentials through North Carolina community and university college programs to pursue these professions.
NCDOT has allocated $24,000 in grant funds for this program. The 72 public-use airports in North Carolina eligible for an NCDOT development grant are eligible for this program. Airports are encouraged to partner with local educational and nonprofit organizations to apply.
North Carolina’s public airports generate more than $61 billion annually for the state’s economy and provide more than 373,000 jobs. The rapid growth of the aerospace and unmanned aircraft systems sectors provides job opportunities for North Carolina residents in the aerospace field.
“There is already a huge need to develop the workforce in the transportation industry,” said NCDOT Director of Aviation Bobby Walston. “Instilling a passion for aviation and aerospace in our youth will ensure we develop a strong talent pipeline to support and grow this important sector and provide jobs for our people and communities.
Airports must apply for grants by March 7. For more information, visit connect.ncdot.gov and search for “ACE Academies.”