The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission has awarded a $51,562 grant to Northeast State Community College’s Aviation Technology program.
Northeast State will leverage the grant to secure the required equipment and align the College’s Aviation Technology curriculum to Federal Aviation Administration standards and industry needs.
The equipment purchases will include a Daniels Manufacturing Corporation/Snap-On Precision Electrical Termination Certification Kit. This kit will make it possible for students completing the program to be awarded certification in Precision Electrical Termination from the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). These stackable credentials increase employment potential and on-the-job productivity of workers.
The project will ensure that the program can produce graduates with the skill-sets necessary to succeed in the aviation maintenance workforce.
Boeing’s 2018 Pilot and Technician Outlook projected 189,000 civil aviation technicians would be needed in the next 15 to 20 years in the North American market alone.
Currently, the Northeast State campus at Gray houses the Aviation Technology program. College officials envision eventually relocating the program to the Tri-Cities Airport, creating a natural opportunity for an integrated workforce and economic development partnership.
The grant is part of the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission’s Outreach and Education Program which is designed to promote aviation education, careers, and activities.