The National Center for Aviation Training's managing partner, Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) is serving as the lead institution for the National Aviation Consortium (NAC) project as the recipient of a $15M U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. Consortium partners include lead colleges from Oklahoma (OK), North Carolina (NC), Washington (WA), and Indiana (IN). The Manufacturing Institute (MI), affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), will provide critical linkages to partners representing industry and policy leaders. The consortium is committed to prioritizing the alignment of education and workforce to meet the job demand for the Aviation and Aerospace industry.
The consortium's evidence-based workforce development plan will pave the way for TAA-impacted workers and other qualified candidates in our communities to retool and retrain for high-skill, high-wage employment opportunities in aviation.
NAC's overarching goal is to increase industry-recognized credentials through a proven accelerated, online, interactive simulated approach that results in closing the skills gap and produces qualified workers within the aerospace and aviation industry.
NAC will place aviation employers as the central driving force to identify the required competencies and standardize required skill sets for an aviation credential to prepare the manufacturing workforce. NAC will implement the following strategies: (1) Deploy evidence-based models (National Career Readiness Certificate & NAM-Endorsed Certifications, & Right Skills Now) to align seven educational technical certificates with a common set of competencies along multiple pathways supporting regional economies that will result in industry-supported curriculum and credentials. (2) Deliver program content in an accelerated online/hybrid learning environment that will allow adult students to work at their own pace at a time and place that is convenient for them. (3) Support transfer of credits for these certifications within and between institutions. NAC partners will articulate aviation pathway agreements with four year institutions to guarantee a streamlined transfer process for students who choose to advance their careers at the baccalaureate level. (4) Engage employers, public workforce partners, and educational institutions to ensure NAC meets the economic and workforce development needs of the community.
NAC will result in over 2500 participants earning certificates in aviation career pathways to meet today's employment needs and build tomorrow's pipeline.