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Ivy Tech gets aviation-training grant

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast has received a $1.5 million aviation maintenance training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Officials said the grant will benefit displaced workers in northeast Indiana over the next three years as the college trains more than 500 people to become skilled aviation maintenance workers through the school’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program.

Different areas of study offered under the specialized training include quality and health safety, assembly mechanics, electrical assembly, composite repair, quality assurance and tooling. Ivy Tech-Northeast will partner with Atlantic Aviation, Comlux America and Pinnacle Airlines to fulfill the obligations of the grant.

The National Aviation Consortium, created by Wichita Kansas Area Technical College, was awarded a $14.9 million grant through the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance training grant program. Ivy Tech is a member of the consortium and one of five institutions to benefit from the grant.

The consortium will provide accelerated training to 2,500 students to fill the current jobs that remain open due to an unskilled workforce in five states representing 35 counties.

“This grant will focus on training for dislocated workers, veterans and others seeking work in the aviation industry,” Jim Aschliman, executive director of Ivy Tech Corporate College, said in a statement. “With the recent dedication of our new $2.3 million Aviation Center at Smith Field Airport, the timing for this announcement could not have been better.”

The grant is part of a program that encourages colleges to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.

The Obama administration’s Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 included a $2 billion provision to fund the program during the next four years.