Aviation

Here's how you can get free training for aviation sheet metal, composites jobs

FILE A Spirit AeroSystems employee works on a Boeing 737 fuselage.
FILE A Spirit AeroSystems employee works on a Boeing 737 fuselage. The Wichita Eagle

Free training for skilled jobs in aviation is available at WSU Tech this summer and fall.

Scholarships that cover tuition are available for aviation sheet metal assembly training that will be offered this summer. Recipients of the aviation sheetmetal assembly scholarships are also guaranteed a job interview, WSU Tech said in a news release Tuesday.

The expansion of the sheet metal program and scholarships is in response to Spirit AeroSystems' $1 billion expansion announced late last year, which includes the hiring of 1,000 additional skilled workers.

The funding for those scholarships comes from the Wichita Promise scholarship program. The Promise scholarship also covers the cost of tuition for advanced manufacturing training in CNC operator and composite fabrication; that training can be completed in a 16-week semester. Applications are now open for the Promise scholarship for fall.

The Promise scholarships also cover the tuition for prerequisite courses for three types of health care jobs: practical nurse, surgical technology and dental assistant.

More than $125,000 is available for the scholarships. A WSU Tech spokesman said he couldn't quantify how many scholarships that would fund because some students' tuition is partially funded by Pell Grants, federal aid for students from families making less than $50,000 a year.

More information and applications for the aviation sheetmetal assembly scholarships are available at wsutech.edu/sheetmetaltraining.

For more information on the Promise scholarships, see wsutech.edu/wichitapromise.

Spirit AeroSystems plans to add more than 1,000 jobs over the two years, President and CEO Tom Gentile announced Dec. 6, 2017. It also plans $1 billion in new capital investment at its Wichita site over five years, he said.



Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark
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