West Star Aviation has received approval for its aircraft maintenance technician apprenticeship program in Illinois from the U.S. Department of Labor, the MRO provider announced this week. The approval makes West Star eligible for state grants that can offset wages, tuition, and other training costs.
It also allows the company to tap additional federal grants, including the Aviation Workforce Development Grant, recently passed by Congress. “We are honored to be approved for this exciting new program,” said West Star v-p of human resources Katie Johnson. “This opportunity will allow us to continue to grow and expand the AMT workforce.”
There are currently 37 apprentice maintenance technicians at West Star, with nearly three-quarters of them based at its East Alton, Illinois location. It also operates primary facilities in Grand Junction, Colorado; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Perryville, Missouri, as well as six satellite facilities at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE); Chicago Executive Airport (PWK); Centennial Airport (APA); Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (CXO); Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP); and Scottsdale Airport (SCF).