The Commission approved an education grant for Rose State College's Aerospace Discovery Camp program. There will be four one-week camps that serve a total of 80 students in grades 7-10 during June – July 2019. The goal of the program will be to expose middle school students to the excitement of a career in aeronautics and also to expose them to the educational route to those careers through pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The requested amount was $19,891.00 and the Commission granted $12,000.00.
The program, which has been awarding aviation education grants for over 30 years, is part of the OAC mission to encourage and promote aviation throughout the state of Oklahoma. Director of Aeronautics Vic Bird said aerospace supports 240,000 jobs with an average salary of $73,300 annually. “Last year, after a two-year study, we learned that the Aviation and Aerospace sector in Oklahoma supports $43.7 billion in annual statewide economic activity. A competent workforce, which includes our desperate need for aerospace engineers, will be needed to sustain this industry,” said Bird.
The nationally recognized program enjoys a positive reputation as one of the most robust aviation education programs among state aviation agencies. OAC has provided nearly $1.9 million in education funding within the last 10 years alone.
“OAC is proud to assist Rose State College's Aerospace Discovery Camp as part of our 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.