2022 Aviation Ambassador Scholarship

Trades Workforce is proud to administer the Ambassador Scholarships to 2022 high school graduates. This scholarship was developed specifically for high school seniors graduating this year, who have the goal of attending a trade school and entering the workforce in two years or less. There were two rounds of scholarships awarded, and a total of 15 students won a scholarship valued at $15,000! 

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Sonic ToolBox Funraiser!!!

Trades Workforce Foundation is happy to partner with Sonic Tools to offer an entry level set of hand tools in our first ever sweepstakes fund raising event. 

This toolbox is valued at almost $3000! and will be even more valuable in the hands of a skilled trades-worker. 

Entries can be purchased by clicking this link. Please share this link with as many people as you think would benefit from either the Tools themselves, or would benefit by support the mission of TWF:

“The Trades Workforce Foundation (TFW) will support students and career and technical educational institutions, in order to strengthen the skilled trades professional workforce.” 

We appreciate you so much for your generous support. TWF can only do what we do with generous contributions from you. Thank you.


Full details and entry rules can be found here.

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FEAM AERO and AIM Charlotte team up to offer scholarships

Trades Workforce Foundation, FEAM Aero, and the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Charlotte campus are teaming up to offer 4 scholarships valued at $1000 each to currently enrolled students. AIM will match each scholarship dollar for dollar, a total of $2000 per student that qualifies!

FEAM Aero began when a two-man aircraft maintenance operation set out to relentlessly accomplish one thing: to become the world’s leader in aircraft line maintenance services.  30 years later, FEAM has accomplished exactly that, while never losing sight of where they started of their commitment to safety, quality, and putting people first. As a proud family-owned and veteran-owned operation, FEAM places missions over markets because when you take care of people, business is inevitable.

AIM was founded in 1969 as an agency dedicated to workforce development and career training. Founding President Gerald Yagen formed Employment Services, Inc. in Norfolk, Virginia to provide contemporary employment services to those in need of careers throughout Southeastern Virginia. His employment agency thrived through the 1970s, and in 1982, he founded The Electronics Institute of Technology, a post-secondary institution that provided electronics, computer, and office administration training to those seeking to enhance their career potential. In the mid-1980s, Inc. Magazine selected the organization as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in America.

Mr. Yagen, the President of Aviation Institute of Maintenance, has a considerable history in the maintenance, repair, and operations of sophisticated aircraft, and in 1994, he acquired a school that prepared students for a career in aviation maintenance. Under the new corporate entity Technical Education Services, Inc., Tidewater Tech Aviation was first located near Norfolk International Airport. In January 2003, the school was renamed Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and the school relocated to Chesapeake in 2007. In 2019, AIM established a new branch campus in Charlotte, North Carolina and acquired Teterboro School of Aeronautics in Teterboro, New Jersey. All campuses are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The schools graduate hundreds of aviation maintenance technicians yearly. The President and Owner of Technical Education Services, Inc. is responsible for the school governance and designates this responsibility to the Campus Executive Directors of each of the local campuses.

The scholarship will remain open through October 14th and winners will be announced the last week of October. 

Click here to apply now! 

Please consider making a small donation to Trades Workforce Foundation so that we can continue to provide these services to students and bolster our workforce. 


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Windy City JetCamp

This past week TWF was able to assist AIM Chicago with putting on their first ever JetCamp. This camp allows underserved students from the local area to experience aviation in a way they may not have ever been able to before. Campers were from a local charter school and ranged in age from 9-12. Local interns from Olive Harvey College who are currently enrolled in the general portion of Aviation Maintenance courses helped by acting as camp counselors. Campers learned about the 4 principles of flight, aviation terminology, and different career options that exist in the aviation sector. Many thanks to AIM Chicago for allowing us to be a part of this most exciting endeavor.

Campers enjoyed learning about flight using paper airplane gliders
Counselor Rocky helps a camper with bucking the rivets on his picture frame.