The 1981 Piper Cheyenne 2XL, which was donated to Iowa Western Community College’s aviation maintenance technology program by Omaha physician Robert Faulk, is pushed into the school’s hangar at the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Iowa Western Aviation college awarded large grant

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Iowa Western Community College:

Iowa Western College is a community college located in Iowa and one of the colleges main attractions is its aviation maintenance college which focuses on a career in aviation engineering, as well as working and updating aviation technology in order to ensure that the aviation field is constantly updating and becoming more and more advanced. Unfortunately, this program is also underfunded, and as a result, has a very low number of students enrolled due to the lack of funding, with only 25 students enrolled in the first year of studies in the program. In addition to the low amount of funding, there is only 1 professor available and skilled enough in aviation maintenance technology in the program, thus giving that one professor an incredible amount of stress which only makes the program less attractive to enroll in, and harder for the professor to manage, as well as the program to get the funding it needed. Fortunately, the program is finally going to get its big break…..

From right, Iowa Western Community College aviation maintenance instructor Eric Ely shows former Vice President of Academic Affairs Marge Welch and then-Dean of Industrial Technology Matt Mancuso around the 1981 Piper Cheyenne 2XL, which was donated to the school by Omaha physician Robert Faulk on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

From right, Iowa Western Community College aviation maintenance instructor Eric Ely shows former Vice President of Academic Affairs Marge Welch and then-Dean of Industrial Technology Matt Mancuso. Credit: JOE SHEARER, NONPAREIL

The award for Iowa Western:

Iowa Western has been awarded a 475K grant by the federal aviation administration, as a way to support the college and enroll a higher number of students to train them to become involved in the field of aviation, as well as update the aviation equipment on hand. The federal aviation administration has reportedly awarded the 475k out of their 5 million dollar grant pool that has been created out of their own money. The grant pool comes from an initiative created by the agency as a way to develop and advance aviation programs across the world so that universities and colleges can have the funds available to give their students the best and most advanced learning experience and education possible. According to the federal aviation administration, a career in aviation engineering and maintenance technology opens up a large number of paths for students who have always wished to go into the aviation field as technical workers. More so than career opportunities, the aviation field needs more engineers and technical workers who are skilled in technology maintenance.

Iowa Western Community College aviation maintenance instructor Dylan Driscoll speaks on the importance of the 1981 Piper Cheyenne 2XL that was donated to the school by Omaha physician Robert Faulk on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Iowa Western Community College aviation maintenance instructor Dylan Driscoll. Credit: JOE SHEARER, NONPAREIL

What awaits in the future for Iowa Western:

Because of the large number of funds that have been given to the college and the aviation program, there will be much more opportunities there for the students. The program administrator will be available to hire more professors and allocate more resources to the program courses, as well as increase the capacity of the program to more than 25 students. In addition to this, there can be scholarships and bursaries offered to students which will make the program more popular and populated, bringing in a new generation of thoughtful students who are ready to enter the aviation field.

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