Indian Hills Awarded Federal Grant

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OTTUMWA, IA — Indian Hills Community College has been awarded a federal grant to strengthen aviation maintenance technician training in rural Iowa.

The college’s Growing Opportunities for Postsecondary Aviation Career Education project focuses on inspiring interest in and increasing access to aviation maintenance technician careers in southeast Iowa. Project activities include educating area youth about career opportunities in the aviation maintenance field, upgrading training equipment in the college’s aviation maintenance technology two-year degree program and providing financial support to IHCC aviation maintenance technician students with barriers to completing their education.

“Aviation maintenance technicians are the behind-the-scenes heroes of the aviation industry and play a vital role in moving our economy forward.” said Kim Dreaden, program director of IHCC’s North Campus and the grant’s project director. “That said, there is a desperate need for more skilled aviation maintenance technicians in Iowa and across the nation. This grant will enable IHCC to advance the curriculum of its well-established aviation maintenance technology program and better promote this rewarding career field.”

The program is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grant program. The college’s grant award totals $302,816 over two years and is contingent on continued federal funding.

For more information about the project, contact [email protected] or call 641-683-5111, ext. 1738.

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