U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, representatives from Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College, and other dignitaries cut the ribbon at the facility for the new Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program at the Huntington Tri-State Airport at the end of the month. past.
“This program was made possible by the collaborative relationship between Mountwest and Marshall,” said Dr. Joshua Baker, president of Mountwest. “Each institution made valuable contributions that will build our economy and workforce and create great careers for students.”
“Today marks a historic event,” said Marshall President Brad D. Smith. “The launch of this degree program means that students will receive support and their degrees from both Marshall and Mountwest. How exciting that we have partners and allies who are working across borders and barriers to find solutions and answers.”
The event was also highlighted by the announcement of a new partnership with the Embraer Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Embraer, which provided a financial contribution. The gift will, among other things, provide toolkits for students to use in their courses. This grant represents one of six educational partnerships with schools with similar technical programs. Marshall’s is believed to be the largest yet.
“Education has always been at the root of Embraer’s culture and serves as the foundation for our social investment strategies abroad and in the United States. In particular, we are committed to inspiring aviation through workforce development and educational partnerships like Marshall University’s new Aviation Maintenance Technology program,” said Monica Newman McCluney, director of the Embraer Foundation. “Aviation is a robust, high-growth industry and Marshall University’s new students have the opportunity to greatly contribute to the future of aviation. We celebrate the university, as well as the students, and we are proud to be a part of this journey.”
“Many thanks to the Embraer Foundation for their support of our students,” said Jim Smith, director of the AMT program. “The investment in tools can be cost prohibitive for some students, and if we can help them at the beginning of their studies, it will benefit them as they complete their degrees and start their careers.”
Brad D. Smith echoed the thanks. “The Embraer Foundation is demonstrating good corporate citizenship by helping our students in this way,” he said.
Embraer joins other corporate sponsors of the AMT program, such as Delta Tech Ops, which is the maintenance training division of the nation’s second largest airline. Delta will provide parts, industry best practices and other knowledge to the program.
The AMT program, which offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, represents a partnership between Marshall and Mountwest. The first class began their studies at Mountwest earlier this month.
• The Aviation Maintenance Technology and Commercial Pilot programs are not eligible for Veterans Affairs benefits at this time.