TCC receives $15 million aerospace program grant
BY SARA PLUMMER World Staff Writer
Saturday, September 22, 2012
9/22/12 at 5:50 AM
Tulsa Community College is part of a consortium that is receiving a federal grant of almost $15 million to start an aerospace certificate program.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber and TCC, along with other industry and education partners, made the announcement Friday.
The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor, is intended to increase the competitiveness of U.S. companies in the aerospace industry. The Department of Labor awarded almost $500 million to community colleges and universities across the country.
"Tulsa Community College has a long history of providing timely, relevant and rigorous training for the aviation industry through an array of aviation training and degree programs," TCC President Tom McKeon said in a news release. "This grant will reinforce our efforts to prepare a strong workforce and seamless career path for Tulsa's aviation industry."
Denise Reid, director of talent strategies and recruitment for the Tulsa Metro Chamber, said the chamber was one of several entities responsible for getting the grant funds to Tulsa.
"This is a huge accomplishment for our region and Oklahoma, which demonstrates what we can accomplish when higher education, industry and government work together," Reid said.
"Receiving this grant is the result of collaborative effort that included the chamber as well as our partners Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Tech, Workforce Tulsa, the Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Alliance and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce."
Sara Plummer 918-581-8465