New program to provide aerospace job training for displaced Kentucky coal workers

15 May 2019

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - State and federal leaders are announcing a new program to help train displaced Kentucky coal workers to enter the aerospace industry.

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded a $1.5 million grant to Eastern Kentucky University to help fund the Appalachia Aviation Maintenance Technician Training Project. EKU has partnered with several community colleges in the region to provide training for 86 FAA-certified aviation mechanical technicians.

Commission federal co-chair Tim Thomas says jobs in the aerospace industry are in high demand, and the pay is worth pursuing.

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