-  The United States Department of Labor announced yesterday over $14 million in funding for the National Aviation Consortium (NAC).  The NAC positions aviation employers as the central driving force in identification and standardization of required competencies and skills to help close the skills gap being experienced by the aviation industry. NAC will provide accelerated training to over 2500 students to fill current jobs in five state representing 35 counties. The funding is part of the $500 million 2012 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program awards.

Access to talented individuals with a high-quality education and advanced skills is critical to the aviation industry’s  capacity for innovation and business success. “With the skills gap in manufacturing at an all-time high, and 600,000 jobs going unfilled as a result, this grant will enable students to earn the skills they need to access and advance in aviation jobs,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute.  “It will also support schools in building quality, relevant aviation programs that offer individuals industry-based certifications.”

This funding amplifies early work of the Institute in several communities, funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education. 

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