Delta Air Lines is paying it forward to ensure there will be a pool of maintenance technicians to service the Atlanta-based airline’s fleet of commercial jets.
The airline’s foundation awarded nine grants totaling $350,000 to enhance maintenance training, support, and awareness, the airline noted on its website Aug. 1.
Four other schools in the United States were selected for $25,000 grants based on “a variety of factors such as student population and promotion of diversity and inclusion.” Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, New York’s Aviation High School, Washington’s South Seattle College, and California’s San Diego Miramar College were tapped for inclusion in the program to bolster maintenance training and resources.
San Diego Miramar College has placed several aviation maintenance students into Delta’s internship program since their affiliation began three years ago. The school is one of 38 in the country chosen to “assist the air carrier in providing qualified aircraft maintenance technicians,” the school previously reported.