With the support of a $50,000 grant from the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) is set to launch an Aviation Maintenance Technology program in August 2024. The program is expected to create employment opportunities and positively impact the local community.
The grant will play a significant role in establishing the new program, which is projected to meet the growing demand for aviation mechanics worldwide. According to projections, there will be a need for 739,000 new aviation mechanics over the next 20 years. Additionally, Kentucky ranks second nationally in aerospace-related exports, making it an ideal location for such a program.
WKCTC President Anton Reece believes that the program will have a positive impact on the local community and contribute to economic growth in the region. He is joined by Greg Wiles, PACRO Executive Director, PACRO Board Chair Eddie Jones, AMT Program Coordinator Bruce Glasco, and other advocates who are dedicated to its success.
With funding provided by PACRO and support from its partners, WKCTC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program will provide students with hands-on training and practical experience necessary to succeed in this growing industry.