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GTCC Receives $932K Grant For Aviation Program

6:20 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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David Mayers, Aviation Electronics program coordinator at GTCC; Susan Schwartz, executive director of the Cemala Foundation; Dr. Randy Parker, president of GTCC; Gene Kearns, department chair of Aviation Systems Technology at GTCC; Dr. Richard Pagan, division chair of transportation at GTCC. Courtesy GTCC.

Jamestown, NC -- Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) announced Thursday morning they received a large grant for their Aviation program next fall.

The $932,500 grant comes from the Cemala Foundation, according to GTCC. The community college said they will use $795,000 to expand the Aviation program and the remaining $137,500 for student scholarships.

"The grant will allow GTCC to increase enrollment and faculty positions in its Aviation Systems Technology (AST) and Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) programs," a school official said in a news release.

Stats on the Aviation program from the GTCC announcement:

Currently, GTCC enrolls three sections of 24 students each fall semester in its AST program and two sections of 18 students in its AET program. The Cemala grant will allow GTCC to add 25 students to the AST program beginning in fall 2013 and 20 students to the AET program beginning in fall 2014. This plan will add at least 90 students to these respective programs over a three-year period. 

Since 2006, enrollment at GTCC's aviation program has more than doubled. To help accommodate the student upsurge, the school is in the process of building a 41,000 square foot aviation facility at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

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