Tuesday, April 23, 2024

ILM receives $3,000 grant for student aviation camp

Wilmington International Airport was awarded a $3,000 grant for a student summer aerospace academy. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington International Airport is one of five airports to receive funding for aerospace-themed summer academies for middle and high school students.

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation supports aerospace workforce development through its grant program. The rapid growth of the aerospace and unmanned aircraft system sectors offers many job opportunities for North Carolinians in the aerospace field.

The academies will feature various activities, including hands-on drone and airplane flight simulations and trips to aerospace fields. Lesson topics include aviation history, career discovery and planning, and unmanned aircraft systems.

Careers supported through these summer camps include manned and unmanned aircraft pilots, aircraft technicians, electronics, including coding and programming, avionics, air traffic controllers and engineers. It will also teach students how to gain education and credentials through North Carolina’s community college and university programs.

Other recipients include Fayetteville Regional Airport, Kinston Regional Jetport, Smith Reynolds Airport and Washington Warren Airport.

Parents and students interested in participating in this year’s ACE Academies can learn more by visiting the NCDOT website and searching ACE Academies.

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