AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2021 - 12

AOPA ACTION 

Applications open for aviation workforce grants
AOPA championed effort to inspire, recruit aviation professionals
IN JANUARY, the FAA began

accepting applications for
its two Aviation Workforce
Development Grant pro grams-a critical step to inspire
and recruit the next generation of aviation professionals
and maintenance technicians.
AOPA has long championed
this effort.
As part of a resolution in
the FAA Reauthorization Act
of 2018, the grant programs
were introduced to ease the
projected shortages of aircraft
pilots and aviation maintenance technical workers within
the industry. Each program was
awarded full funding of $5 million in fiscal year 2020.
The Aircraft Pilots workforce development grant is
intended to provide students
with aviation education, preparing them for careers as aircraft
pilots, aerospace engineers, or
unmanned aircraft system operators. Air carriers, flight schools,
higher education institutions

or high schools, state or local
government entities, and organizations such as AOPA, which
represent aircraft owners, users,
or pilots, may apply.
The development of an
aviation-based science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) curriculum for high
school students has been one
of AOPA's top priorities. The
AOPA High School Initiative,
a component of the You Can
Fly program, was created to
support and grow the pilot
population. In the current
school year approximately
8,000 students in more than
200 schools are using the
AOPA High School Aviation
STEM Curriculum. Of those
students, 20 percent are female
and 51 percent are people of
color. AOPA provides the curriculum to schools at no cost,
and also conducts in-person
and online training for teachers and administrators using
the curriculum.

" STEM-based aviation
education programs are very
important to introducing students to aviation and all that it
offers. This grant program will
help ensure aviation STEM
curriculum is made accessible to our youth across the
country, " said AOPA Senior
Vice President of Government
Affairs Jim Coon. " Thanks
to broad bipartisan support
from members of Congress,
the industry, teachers, and
schools, we can now continue
to invest in programs crucial to
enabling the next generation of
aviators. "
In addition to the Aircraft
Pilots workforce development
grant, the FAA will also be
establishing a grant program
aimed at aviation maintenance technical workers. Grant
awards range from $25,000 to
$500,000 for any single grant
per fiscal year.
aopa.org/pilot/aviation
grants

BAKER ON THE NEWS

" Despite the pandemic, the aviation jobs
outlook is positive and our industry will
need to continue investing in programs for
the next generation of aviators. These grant
programs will help introduce students of all
backgrounds to well-paying jobs and exciting opportunities in our sector. " 
	-AOPA President Mark Baker

12 | AOPA PILOT April 2021

Aircraft Pilots
workforce
development grants

* Fund creation of new high
school curricula designed to
prepare students for aerospace careers.
* Support teacher training.

Aviation Maintenance
Technical Workers
workforce
development grants

* Establish new programs
to teach aviation maintenance, or to improve existing programs.
* Enhance aviation maintenance technical education
or the aviation maintenance
workforce.
* Establish scholarships or
apprenticeships in the aviation maintenance industry.
* Support outreach about
careers in the aviation
maintenance industry to
students, including those
from underrepresented
communities.
* Support transition to
careers in aviation maintenance, including for members of the armed forces.
* Support aviation maintenance educational opportunities in economically
disadvantaged areas.


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