BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA – Three Iowa community colleges will receive a total of more than $1.2 million to expand their aviation training programs. These Aviation Workforce Development grants were made possible thanks to program funding in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, legislation U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) supported.

“Aviation training programs offer Iowans job security and opportunities for career advancement. By investing in Iowans’ futures and our community colleges, these grants will help meet the national demand for skilled aviation workers,” Grassley said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awards follow:

$500,000 to the Iowa Western Community College to advance outreach campaigns, expand program capacity, enhance student support services and upgrade instructional equipment and technology.
$493,657 to Iowa Lakes Community College to boost interest and enrollment in aviation programs, increase the availability of financial assistance and prepare area high school participants for high-demand aviation careers.
$302,816 to Indian Hills Community College to increase career outreach to Iowa students, upgrade training equipment and provide financial support to students in need.

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