Kentucky leaders promoting new EKU aviation program

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Several state leaders flew around Eastern Kentucky Monday to promote Eastern Kentucky University’s new Appalachia Aviation Maintenance Technician Training Project (AMT).

The project is a workforce training program, a collaboration between EKU, Kentucky Community & Technical College System, and regional airports.

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According to Governor Matt Bevin’s Office, it will train former coal miners, veterans and others in need of a job to be aviation maintenance technicians.

Governor Bevin, Congressman Hal Rogers, Congressman Andy Barr and other leaders flew into Central Kentucky Regional Airport (Richmond), London-Corbin Airport (London), Wendell H. Ford Regional Airport (Chavies), and Big Sandy Regional Airport (Debord) to discuss the training program. They say it will bring more economic opportunity to Eastern Kentucky and beyond.

According to the Governor, regional airport directors say there is a need for more mechanics.

For more information about the Kentucky Appalachia AMT Training Project, visit https://www.EKU.edu/FlyKY.

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