Delta Air Lines Foundation Issues $350K in Grants to Nine Maintenance Programs

The Delta Air Lines Foundation is awarding grants totaling $350,000 to nine Aviation Maintenance training programs across the U.S.

Delta hopes the grants will allow the programs to enhance their curriculum development, projects and material support, increasing students’ awareness, knowledge and skills of Avionics/Electrical and Composite Structures.

“Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation are committed to investing in the future of aviation professionals in the local communities where we live, work and serve,” said Tad Hutcheson, senior vice president of The Delta Air Lines Foundation. “Knowledge of avionics, electrical systems and composite construction is critical in the aviation industry, and this grant will help better prepare students for their future careers.”

Five colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia will receive a grant of $50,000, respectively, including:

  • Augusta Technical College
  • Central Georgia Technical College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Savannah Technical College
  • South Georgia Technical College

The additional schools, which were chosen based on a variety of factors such as student population and promotion of diversity and inclusion, will each receive a $25,000 grant and include:

  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
  • Aviation High School – New York
  • San Diego Miramar College
  • South Seattle College

In addition to these nine programs, Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation have immersive collegiate partnerships from coast-to-coast including Auburn University, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College and the University of Georgia to enhance leadership development, higher education and aviation programs and facilities to encourage innovation in the aerospace industry.

The Delta Air Lines Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1968 to enhance Delta’s charitable giving. The Foundation is focused on the key areas of education and health and wellness.

As part of its commitment to educate future aviation professionals, Delta has partnerships with more than 47 Maintenance Training programs across the U.S. to help identify, mentor and source the next generation of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians or AMTs. Through the partnerships, Delta offers tours, job shadows and career guidance for the schools as well as training opportunities for instructors. In 2017, Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed more than $45 million into worldwide communities.

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