Executive Director Selena Shilad recently had the opportunity to tour the Wichita, Kansas facility of the National Aviation Consortium, located in the Wichita Area Technical College. The NAC partners with technical and community colleges, providing students a method of effective and affordable training in order to fast-track them for a career in the aerospace industry.
Many aviation careers require specific skills that only come with the proper training. After identifying a shortage in skilled workers, the NAC set out to ensure the future competitiveness of the US aviation industry by training new workers for open positions. The Consortium works closely with aerospace leaders to develop accelerated programs that allow students to earn national certifications and quickly fill the open positions in the aviation field.
Aside from the traditional student, the NAC works with veterans transitioning back into the work force. Through their partnership with the Manufacturing Institute, the NAC matches skills veterans gained while serving with jobs in the manufacturing industry.
Due to the impending shortage of skilled workers in the aviation industry, the NAC hopes to train 2,505 new workers by 2015. Click here to learn more and find out how you can get involved.