MCTC students studying to enter Kentucky aviation industry
This year Maysville Community and Technical College received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to proceed with their Aviation Maintenance Technology, or AMT, program. Officials said the first cohort of students are nearing completion of their first of four semesters.
Educators said courses aim to teach students everything they need to know regarding repair, service, inspection, and overhaul of aircraft and their engines. Dana Calland, Chief Academic Officer at MCTC, said their classes are based off the AMT program at Jefferson Community and Technical College.
“They have a day program, a night program, and they have a dual credit program as well. So, in years to come we are hoping that we will have that many students enrolled,” said Calland.
Calland added that having this type of certification available for students in MCTC’s service region would help them fill open aviation maintenance positions at Kentucky’s dozens of regional airports.
“It is going very well. We’re very pleased with the hangar space that we have at Fleming-Mason Airport, the regional airport. They built a hangar about the time we needed a hangar,” said Calland.
The college has been leasing hangar space from the airport. Calland added a recent visit involved students demonstrating aviation principals during class.
Students who enroll in the AMT program are eligible for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, which covers all of the program’s tuition costs in their entirety. The courses for the program began in august of this year. The program was made possible due partly to a grant of 330,000 dollars from the National Science Foundation.