The Aviation Maintenance Technology program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC) has received a $50,000 grant from the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO). This funding is crucial in supporting WKCTC’s goal of establishing a new aviation maintenance program that will have a positive impact on the local community and create employment opportunities.
WKCTC President Anton Reece is confident that this program will not only meet the growing demand for aviation mechanics but also contribute to the economic growth of the region. With projections indicating a need for 739,000 new aviation mechanics worldwide over the next 20 years and Kentucky ranking second nationally in aerospace-related exports, it is clear that there is a need for such a program.
Bruce Glasco, who will be coordinating the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, believes that it will not only meet this demand but also boost the region’s workforce and economy. He is excited about the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the aviation industry and the local community with support from PACRO grant.
The PACRO Executive Director Greg Wiles and Board Chair Eddie Jones recognize the importance of this grant in supporting WKCTC’s initiative and are optimistic about its positive impact on the region. They believe that with this funding, WKCTC can launch its Aviation Maintenance Technology program in August 2024, which will be an essential step towards establishing itself as one of the leading institutions in aviation technology education in Kentucky.