OKLAHOMA CITY (May 1, 2017) – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Aviation Education Program will conclude its application acceptance for FY18 on May 31, 2017. If you conduct a program that is aviation and aerospace minded, f
or primary through post-secondary education, it is not too late to apply.
The funding is part of more than $200,000 the agency is providing over the next 12 months to programs statewide aimed at exposing more Oklahoma young people to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and careers in the aviation and aerospace industry.
There is nothing more important that we do here at the Aeronautics Commission than to encourage young people to consider aerospace or aviation as a career when they finish their post-secondary education. Worthwhile programs receiving state funding are doing their part to help make sure that happens.
The Aeronautics Commission’s aerospace and aviation education funding supports Gov. Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma Works initiative that aims to address the skills gap in the state’s workforce by increasing the number of students in the state with workforce credentials or associate degrees. Oklahoma Works brings all of the state’s workforce resources together, connecting employers, employees and job-seekers to information and programs that help build Oklahoma’s workforce.
Aerospace and aviation education is one of the Aeronautics Commission’s top priorities. Since FY2001, it has provided $2.5 million in aerospace and education funding to organizations and programs throughout the state. Just within the last 5 years alone, the Commission has awarded nearly $1 million in education grants and contracts.
Applications must be received or post marked by May 31st, 2017! Important documents and program requirement rules as set forth by the Secretary of State can be found at oac.ok.gov/content/aviation-education-grant-program. Feel free to forward this information to your local schools, career techs, colleges, cities, and community leaders.