The North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation will be accepting applications through the end of January for its 2023 Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Grant Program.
The program works to support developments in the aviation workforce with grants of up to $3,000 per academy to host career-focused summer programs for middle and high-school students interested in careers in aviation. Academies have to host a minimum of 30 students.
Summer academy topics include aviation history, career discovery and planning, as well as unmanned aircraft systems like drones. Academies will also research how students can gain credentials through North Carolina’s community college and university programs to pursue these careers.
All 72 of North Carolina’s public-use airports eligible for infrastructure grants from the NCDOT are eligible for the program. Partnerships between airports and local organizations are encouraged for the application.
NCDOT Director of Aviation, Bobby Walston, said these grants are a great help when it comes to developing a strong workforce in the transportation industry and sparking passion in younger generations.
“There is tremendous need to develop the workforce in the transportation industry,” said Walston. “Instilling a passion for aviation and aerospace in our youth will ensure that we develop a strong talent pipeline to sustain and grow this important sector and provide jobs for our people and communities.”
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