Western Kentucky Community and Technical College has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Paducah Community Reuse Organization to support the creation of an aviation maintenance technology program. The new program is expected to have a positive impact on the local community by creating employment opportunities and contributing to economic growth in the region.
VKCTC President Anton Rees believes that the program will play a significant role in creating employment opportunities and making a positive impact on the local community. With projections indicating a need for 739,000 new aerospace mechanics worldwide over the next 20 years and Kentucky ranking second nationally in aerospace-related exports, there is a growing demand for such professionals in the state.
Greg Willes, PACRO Executive Director, and PACRO Board Chair Eddie Jones, along with VKCTC President Anton Reece and AMT Program Coordinator Bruce Glasco are advocates for the program and committed to its success. The grant awarded by PACRO will support the college’s goal of creating an aviation maintenance technology program, which is expected to launch in August 2024.
The new program will provide students with hands-on experience in aviation maintenance technology, giving them skills that are highly sought after in the industry. This will not only benefit students but also contribute to economic growth in the region by providing employment opportunities for graduates of the program. With strong support from organizations like PACRO, VKCTC is well-positioned to make this vision a reality and create a brighter future for both students and the local community.