FAA Grants Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Funds

Lewis University Awarded FAA Grant for Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development

Published: April 15, 2024.

Lewis University’s College of Aviation, Science, and Technology received an Aviation Workforce Development Grant of $496,016 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help underrepresented populations enter the aviation workforce.

Lewis University was the only university in Illinois to receive the award. The aviation workforce development grants for aviation maintenance technical workers support proposals that generate and increase interest and prepare students to pursue aviation maintenance careers.

Through a collaboration with Creating Pathways and Access for Student Success Foundation and Tuskegee Next, the Aviation Department at Lewis University plans on administering the funds to attract, encourage, educate, guide, and increase the number of promising, yet underrepresented Illinois students in STEAM professions, including aviation over the next two years.

Dr. Christopher White, dean of the college; Dr. Ryan Phillips, chair of Aviation; and Chris Stevens, assistant professor, are leading the Project Supporting Opportunities in Aviation Resilience (SOAR) that serves to increase the number of underrepresented aviation maintenance professionals, such as women, first-generation and low-income students in the Chicago area.

Lewis University began as an aviation technical school for boys in 1932. Since then, the Lewis University aviation programs have expanded with nearly 800 students enrolled in Fall 2024 in flight, maintenance, air traffic control, aviation administration, and unmanned aircraft systems programs.

Lewis University is an innovative Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, and globally-connected graduates who impact the world for the better. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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