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FAA awards grants to train next generation of aviation maintenance technicians

In an effort to help diversify the talent pool of the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians, the FAA has awarded $5 million in grants to organizations that will teach technical skills and prepare participants for a career in aviation maintenance."A career as an aviation maintenance technician opens a wide world of opportunity," said FAA Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims said. "These grants will allow us to reach and support individuals who may not had the chance to pursue this exciting career before."Organizations that receive the funds will be able to establish new educational programs, provide scholarships or apprenticeships, offer outreach to school-age students, and support educational opportunities for aviation maintenance in economically disadvantaged areas.Grant recipients include:Macon County School District - Tuskegee, Alabama: $425,000Pima County Community College District - Tucson, Arizona: $490,000North Orange County Community College District - Anaheim, California: $250,000San Bernardino Community College District - San Bernardino, California: $400,000International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Washington, D.C.: $450,000DLK Aviation Inc. - Kennesaw, Georgia: $250,000Iowa Western Community College - Council Bluffs, Iowa: $475,000Southern University at Shreveport - Shreveport, Louisiana: $500,000Dutchess Community College - Fairview, New York: $450,000Guilford County School System - High Pint, North Carolina: $45,500Columbus State Community College - Columbus, Ohio: $250,000Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Oklahoma: $450,000Pennsylvania College of Technology - Williamsport, Pennsylvania: $214,500South Carolina Department of Education - Charleston, South Carolina: $250,000Wisconsin Department of Transportation - Madison, Wisconsin: $100,000
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