Grant supports military in Advanced Airframe & Powerplant training
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Military Affairs Council of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Savannah Technical College (STC) was awarded $59,525 in grant funding through the Defense Community Economic Development Fund to support expanded curriculum and to cover the cost of certification testing for military aviation mechanics. The fund is administered by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Office of Workforce Development.
“Savannah Technical College delivers
exceptional training for its military students,” said Savannah Chamber
President/CEO Bill Hubbard. “This grant will expand opportunities for military
aviation mechanics to seamlessly transition to the civilian workforce.”
Military aircraft maintainers have the work experience and training, but often lack the certifications required to work in the civilian sector. The College offers an accelerated advanced Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) training program for those students with 30 documented, consecutive months of A&P work and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approval/sign-off of that work experience.
This funding allows for the expansion of training to prepare
military members to earn the FAA Mechanic’s Certificate with A&P rating
beginning in Summer 2019.
A&P Certification requires written, oral, and practical examinations. By expanding the Advanced Aviation Maintenance Certificate and covering the cost of testing, this grant will offer a cost-free pathway with flexible scheduling that limits the operational impact to military units and the financial impact for service members. This expansion will train an additional 45 military-affiliated students annually.
“We take great pride in serving our military and being responsive to our community and industry partners,” said STC President Dr. Kathy S. Love. “We developed this fast track so that those with aviation mechanic experience can earn their FAA certifications they need without completing what would normally be a two-year program of study. With the ever-increasing need for A&P mechanics, graduates can count on a lucrative career in the aviation industry.”
community partners included in this grant application include: Military
Aviation Units within the Savannah area with assigned mechanics (Active Army,
Coast Guard, Georgia Air National Guard, Georgia Army National Guard; Army
Career & Alumni Program (ACAP, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield); Comcast Internet Essentials; STC Foundation, along
with industries in the Savannah area committed to hiring transitioning service
members with FAA A&P Certification like Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
and Delta Airlines.
company that relies heavily on recruiting highly skilled A&P mechanics and
celebrates a workforce of thousands of veterans, this is very welcoming news,”
said Amy Ariano, vice president of Human Resources, Gulfstream. “For many
years, our highly collaborative partnership with Savannah Technical College has
allowed us to recruit highly trained and skilled A&P mechanics. As the
industry demand for A&P mechanics becomes even greater, this grant will
help provide streamlined transition training for our servicemen and women
looking to continue their career in aviation as a civilian — helping to fulfill
a critical need for A&P mechanics in the aviation industry.”
Certified aircraft mechanics are in high demand throughout the
nation with a 5% increase in job openings between 2016 and 2026. In Georgia,
however, that increase is projected to be 12%. With a median income of over
$60,000 per year, completers of this program who have the highly-sought-after
FAA A&P certification as well as the work ethic and soft skills will
seamlessly transition into the civilian aviation workforce.
STC’s state-of-the-art Aviation Training Center is located at the Crossroads
Campus. For information about the College’s Aviation programs, call
912.443.4094 or visit www.savannahtech.edu/AviationTechnology
For graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program,
etc., visit www.savannahtech.edu/GainfulEmployment.
Savannah Technical College is accredited by
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
(SACSCOC) to award the associate degree, diplomas, and technical
certificates of credit. Contact SACSCOC for questions about the
accreditation of Savannah Technical College. All questions
about admission, enrollment, job placement, and related matters should be
directed to an appropriate office at Savannah Technical College. Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern
Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500.
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For information about the College’s Aviation programs, call 912.443.4094 or visit www.savannahtech.edu/AviationTechnology or www.savannahtech.edu/military-aviation-mechanic/
Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.
Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).