Aviation Workforce Development Grants Awards

The FY 2022 recipients of the Aviation Workforce Development Grants, under funding opportunities 20-FAA-AWD-AP-1 and 20-FAA-AWD-AM-1, will help educate the next generation of aviation professionals across the United States in rural, suburban, and urban areas. A total of $10 million in grants were awarded. See the lists of ⇣ Aircraft Pilot and ⇣ Aviation Maintenance Technical Worker grant recipients in the tables below.

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Aviation Workforce Development Aircraft Pilots Grant Awards

Recipient Location Project Description Grant Amount
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL Project will provide an independent program, “Aviation Career Education for Students (ACES),” high school students in Northeast Florida with meaningful aviation education and exposure to the aviation field. This program will provide for the creation of a Drone Racing League and professional development workshops to high school teachers throughout Florida and Georgia. $498,000
Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, MI Project will consist of three distinct components designed to prepare secondary teachers to introduce Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) applications into their high school programs or develop standalone UAS programs, including a two-day train-the-trainer course. $90,000
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC Project will adopt the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the FAA Aviation Career Education, and grade-appropriate National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) curriculum and integrate virtual reality simulation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operation, flight simulator experience, sensor-based measurement systems, and discovery flight to enhance authentic and experiential learning experiences. The project will extend learning to the school districts in the form of a mobile Aerospace Education Lab, equipped with a state-of-the-art desktop flight simulator, aircraft design station, desktop wind tunnel, weather station, GPS and radio receiver, 3D printers, mini quadcopter UAVs, and a set of hands-on aviation-themed Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) experiments. $269,000
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND Project will hold Teach the Teacher events in eight locations across the region during the academic school year, preparing teachers to become Part 107 certified, followed by summer professional development workshops for STEM high school educators focused on the implementation of Aviation, UAS, and engineering principles. In addition, direct outreach to bring hands-on learning experiences for the rural high schools in the area will occur. $488,000
County of Scottsbluff School District #16 Gering, NE Project will provide Gering student aviators with Unmanned Safety Institute drone curriculum, to acquire their FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, UAS Safety Certification Program, Visual Line of Sight System Operations, and Advanced Safety Certification Programs, while earning college credits. Concurrent with drone training, students will prepare for and complete their Private Pilot Written Exam, and train with FAA Certified Flight Instructors on simulators and in airplanes, to earn their Private Pilot License. $500,000
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Flushing, NY Project will provide a tuition-free early college experience for high school students that enables them to complete the majority of credits in the UAS certificate program while still enrolled in high school. $498,000
Aerotrek Flight Academy, LLC Ohio, OH Project will provide an eight-week course to highlight aviation opportunities and teach basic piloting skills. Eleventh and twelfth graders will have the opportunity to enroll in college credit courses. $77,000
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Oklahoma, OK Project will launch a statewide program that includes the training of teachers and the delivery of the “You Can Fly” Pilot and UAS Pathway High School Curriculum to students, resource to high schools with Aviation/STEM laboratory equipment and/or supplies to ensure the implementation of meaningful aviation education, host eight (8) Regional Aviation/STEM Days students and a high school Pilot Day students, and support comprehensive professional development of school leaders using the curriculum as well as through statewide Aviation Summits and Regional Aviation/STEM Day events. $491,000
Harrisburg University of Science & Technology Harrisburg, PA Project will administer a program to aid in the acquisition of FAA Part 107 Certification for students that will include supplies and equipment. $135,000
Spartanburg County School District #5 (James F. Byrnes High School) Duncan, SC Project will expand Aerospace Science education offerings with the addition of aviation-related college credit courses and hands-on flight experience with the objective of increasing the number of students selecting careers as aircraft pilots. This program will provide in-depth studies that will result in students earning their FAA Part 107 certificate. $31,000
South Carolina Department of Education Columbia, SC Project will develop sustainable UAS operation education programs to school districts in South Carolina counties throughout middle schools, high schools, and Career and Technical Education Centers. $425,000
Florence School District One Florence, SC Project will deliver an integrated curriculum that will build a foundational knowledge of the commercial aviation environment with the ultimate objective of producing FAA-certified private pilots. $339,000
Crowley Independent School District #912 Crowley, TX Project will launch two (2) new programs of study (Aviation Flight and Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles and Systems). Additionally, the engineering program of study will be revised to incorporate the enhancement of Aerospace Engineering. $139,500
Utah State University Logan, UT Project will create three (3) high school courses including lesson plans, online and in-person teacher curriculum and seminars for building/maintaining drones, as well as, deliver curriculum to youth through flight lab kits and training with hands-on experiential learning activities, including using collegiate student interns. Aviation Career Exploration will also support the professional development of teachers by implementing a hands-on curriculum for the in-service workshops for educators that will provide the instruction objectives, lesson plans, and materials for high school youth. $238,500
Randolph Macon Academy Front Royal, VA Project will implement the use of two virtual reality simulators in conjunction with a training syllabus to provide an immersive experience for all Randolph-Macon Academy students. In addition, the project will hire an additional unmanned instructor and offer flight scholarships for discovery flights, solo, and scholarships to students pursuing their pilot certification $307,000
Old Dominion University Research Foundation/Virginia Space Grant Consortium Norfolk, VA Project will provide expanded flight training through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium-led Pathways Flight Academies program, develop and offer an online private pilot ground school course for dual enrollment college credit, and provide scholarships for flight training. $474,000

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Aviation Workforce Development Maintenance Technical Workers Grant Awards

Recipient Location Project Description Grant Amount
Macon County School District Tuskegee, AL Project will develop a pilot program using an FAA approved and supervised curriculum to recruit students from communities in economically disadvantaged areas to participate in a 910 hours of on-the-job training program. This program prepares them for the Aviation Maintenance Technician - General certification test for entry in the workforce or to pursue a mechanic certificate with a single rating in either Airframe or Power Plant at the college level. $425,000
Pima County Community College District Tucson, AZ Project will prepare participants for certificates in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) focused on using NDT in the aviation industry for Level II NDT certification and enable existing aircraft mechanics to earn Level I and/or Level II NDT certifications, establish new educational programs that teach technical skills in aviation maintenance, including purchasing equipment, and support activities to facilitate the transition to careers in aviation maintenance through particular capacities as a Hispanic-serving institution. $490,000
North Orange County Community College District Anaheim, CA Project will establish new educational programs that teach technical skills used in aviation maintenance, including purchasing equipment to improve existing programs, establish a training and certification program for drone maintenance and repair on campus, develop a new curriculum and purchase tools, supplies, and storage equipment for student use, and develop a UAS Technician Certificate program. $250,000
San Bernardino Community College District San Bernardino, CA Project will expand an Aviation Mechanics/Airframe and Power Plant Technology program to high school students, improve existing program with up-to-date technologies, establish scholarships for students pursuing employment in the aviation maintenance industry, support certifications, support local community outreach about careers in aviation, and support educational opportunities related to aviation maintenance in an economically disadvantaged region. $400,000
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Washington, DC Project will develop and implement a new educational training program that provides basic technical skill training to those wishing to enter the aviation maintenance/manufacturing industry, enhance educational opportunities for a diverse group of candidates, including those from underrepresented communities and economically disadvantaged areas, and training for separating veterans who want to gain the necessary skills to enter the aviation maintenance/manufacturing industry. In partnership with the industry, the team will seek employment and apprenticeship opportunities for those completing the training program. $450,000
DLK Aviation Inc. Kennesaw, GA Project will expand the DLK Aviation training program by purchasing equipment and offering scholarships to Original Equipment Manufacturers courses. These courses will assist participants in advancing their careers by acquiring their Inspector Authorization certificate and training apprentice mechanics to become certified Airframe & Power Plant mechanics. $250,000
Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA Project will implement comprehensive outreach and recruitment campaigns, nearly double program capacity and enrollment, more tightly integrated student support services, and enhance the educational experience. The outreach and recruitment campaigns will ease the transition to careers in aviation maintenance for veterans, high school students, and adult job seekers from communities underrepresented in the industry. Project will expand the aviation maintenance technician workforce in southwest Iowa and neighboring eastern Nebraska by improving the college’s FAA-certified aircraft maintenance technician school. $475,000
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport, LA Project will support outreach to secondary school students, economically disadvantaged geographic areas and under-represented populations, including women, about careers in the aviation maintenance industry; provide educational opportunities to the aforementioned target groups through scholarships and stipends; offer dual enrollment opportunities to high school students; support transition to careers in aviation maintenance for transitioning military, underemployed, and unemployed residents of North Louisiana, and lastly, purchase equipment for hands-on learning and mechanical skill building. $500,000
Guilford County School System High Point, NC The project will provide middle school students with additional hands-on in aviation maintenance and engineering concepts will increase the possibility of the students to continue their aviation education at the academy. Efforts will be made to increase the number of students coming from these schools and all the other middle schools in Guilford County. Purchasing additional equipment for the shop will allow students to increase the amount of practical knowledge required to continue with their airframe and Power Plant license. $45,500
Dutchess Community College Fairview, NY Project will develop and implement a long-term, sustainable talent pipeline for the recruitment, education, certification, and employment of Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT). The new AMT program will offer the only Airframe and Power Plant Technician Certificate and AMT Associate in Applied Science degree programs in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. $450,000
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH Project will create a promotion campaign and virtual tour of a local airport facility for students, leverage secondary education partners to reach students, their guidance counselors, instructors, and parents; connect professional organizations and employers with potential aviation technology students through panels, presentations, and awareness materials, enhance existing recruitment video for use on modern platforms; leverage veteran service partners to provide referrals, and procure and install requested equipment for updated training classroom. $250,000
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK Project will establish a sustainable pipeline that addresses the needs and priorities of the aviation maintenance workforce, which is a significant sector of the aviation/aerospace industry that drives Oklahoma’s economic growth. $450,000
Pennsylvania College of Technology
(Penn College)
Williamsport, PA Project will improve an existing aviation maintenance program, and support outreach about careers in the aviation maintenance industry, and educational opportunities related to aviation maintenance. $214,500
South Carolina Department of Education Charleston, SC Project will improve existing educational programs at Trident Technical College that teach technical skills used in aviation maintenance, establish scholarships for individuals pursuing employment in the aviation maintenance industry, and support outreach about careers in the aviation maintenance industry to secondary and post-secondary school students, as well as to public community members. $250,000
Wisconsin Department of Transportation Madison, WI Project will strengthen Wisconsin's K-12 aviation maintenance programs, increase students’ exposure to aviation maintenance careers, build new programs to increase the visibility of aviation career opportunities, provide new high school internship and apprenticeship opportunities, and offer scholarships for underrepresented students interested in aviation maintenance. $100,000

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