Raleigh, North Carolina — The Aviation Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the 2023 Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Grant Program through the end of January.
The program supports aviation workforce development with grants of up to $3,000 per academy and hosts career-focused summer programs for middle and high school students interested in careers in the aviation industry. Academies must admit a minimum of 30 students.
Summer Academy topics include aviation history, career discovery and planning, and unmanned aerial systems such as drones. The Academy also studies how students qualify to pursue these careers through programs at North Carolina community colleges and universities.
All 72 public-use airports in North Carolina that qualify for infrastructure grants from NCDOT are eligible for this program. Partnerships between airports and local organizations are encouraged in applying.
NCDOT Aviation Director Bobby Walston said these grants will go a long way in developing a strong workforce in the transportation industry and inspiring the passions of younger generations.
“There is a huge need to develop the workforce in the transportation industry,” Walston said. “By instilling a passion for aviation and aerospace in our young people, we will ensure a strong talent pipeline to sustain and grow this important sector and provide jobs for our people and communities. can be developed.”
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