OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty-five organizations were recently awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling over $270,000 from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC). The record amount of funds will be used to expose more school-aged children in Oklahoma to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, particularly those in aerospace and aviation. The funding was approved by the Commission at their most recent meeting.
The Commission approved an education contract for Tulsa Community WorkAdvance’s Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Job Training program. The goal of the program would provide skilled and certified workers to fill the skills gap in the advanced manufacturing industry while providing underserved Tulsans with postsecondary credentials and employment so they may break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The program would grow local talent through technical training and soft skills training thus providing local businesses in power sectors like aerospace and manufacturing access to a pipeline of skilled workers. The program was estimated to serve 40 adult students. The requested amount was $34,500 and agency staff recommendation is for $16,720.
“OAC is proud to be a first-time community partner with Tulsa Community WorkAdvance through the aviation education grant program, and we look forward to seeing the progress they achieve with their students,” said Catherine Taber, aviation program manager and aviation education coordinator for the Commission.