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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming Soon: The Aviation Ambassador Scholarship!
The details of the Aviation Ambassador Scholarship will be announced on March 1st. Here is just a sneak peek:
“To help fund the cost of tuition to launch a career as an aviation maintenance technician, Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s 14 campuses within the United States are providing a limited number of Aviation Ambassador Scholarships for students who graduate in 2022.”
This Aviation Ambassador Scholarship will be administered via the Trades Workforce Foundation, an organization that seeks to enhance the opportunities of students who wish to enter a career in the trades. Working in the trades requires specialized training; however, it’s commonly much cheaper than a typical 4-year university degree and generally the turnaround time to entering the workforce is a lot quicker. Many aviation technicians can complete their training in less than 2 years. Note what the ATEC 2021 Pipeline report says about tuition costs:
“Tuition costs are not generally seen as a barrier to starting an aviation technical career, given the relatively low cost of A&P programs when compared to income potential. ATEC research and analysis of published tuitions for all AMTS found the average tuition for an A&P program is $16,328, or $17,247 if the training comes with an associate degree. The rates are lower for public community colleges, with average tuition costs of $8,779, or $11,864 when paired with an associate degree. The average time it takes for a student to complete an A&P program is 22 months, with five institutions reporting completion opportunities in as little as 12 months. “
On average graduates can expect to enter the workforce earning a median salary of $60,000, though that number is likely to increase due to the incredible demand for new technicians. Current projections place the 20-year global shortage of aviation technicians near 800,000 by the year 2041. Stay tuned for more information.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Tim Chernicky at firstname.lastname@example.org.