A $50,000 grant will help West Kentucky Community and Technical College launch a new Aviation Maintenance Technology program.
The grant comes from PACRO--the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization. The funds will be used to purchase student training aids that are necessary for an aviation-related program. A carburetor cutaway, a propeller cutaway, and two 12-volt electrical trainers will be among the items procured for the course.
WKCTC President Dr. Anton Reece said, "This PACRO grant, a testament to our shared commitment to advancing education and workforce development, will play a pivotal role in establishing our new Aviation Maintenance Technology program led by Program Coordinator Bruce Glasco." Reese thanked PACRO "for their belief in our vision" and for seeing the impact that it could have for the community.
Dr. Reece noted, "With projections indicating a need for 739,000 new aviation mechanics worldwide over the next 20 years, and Kentucky ranking second nationally in aerospace-related exports, our program will not only meet this demand but also contribute to the economic growth of our region."
PACRO Board Chair Eddie Jones said, "I am so glad this worked out because this is the perfect fit for PACRO money. This is a mission of what we were supposed to do in the community - new jobs, new careers."
Aviation maintenance technicians serve in several segments including private and commercial aviation, as well as, government, military, segments of business and industry, agriculture, tourism, and recreation.
The program is scheduled for takeoff in August of 2024.
Photo left to right: PACRO Executive Director Greg Wiles, PACRO Board Chair Eddie Jones, WKCTC President Anton Reece, AMT Program Coordinator Bruce Glasco. Courtesy of WKCTC