Clay Lacy launches US$10,000 aircraft maintenance scholarship program

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Clay Lacy Aviation has awarded US$10,200 in scholarship funds to 24 students enrolled at the Aviation Center (AV-Center), a leading aircraft mechanics school located at Van Nuys Airport and operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education. Recipients were selected based on their higher education goals, academic achievements and community involvement.

“We are excited to help develop the next generation of aircraft mechanics and attract more

high-skilled, high-paying jobs to Los Angeles,” said Brian Kirkdoffer, Clay Lacy Aviation President and CEO. “Aircraft maintenance is one of the most important jobs in the aviation industry. This program is ranked among the top in the nation and enables graduates to land great jobs working on private, commercial and military aircraft.”

The scholarship funds will be awarded in fall 2015 to help students cover the costs of tuition, books, tools and certification exams. Clay Lacy Aviation has a long history of hiring graduates and donated two iconic business jets (a Learjet and Gulfstream) to the school in 2014. The scholarship program was announced last February at the groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new six-acre development at Van Nuys Airport.

“Clay Lacy Aviation’s annual scholarship fund is another example of its generous contributions to aviation education spanning over four decades,” said Elizabeth Penuela, assistant principal of operations at North Valley Service Area of Adult Schools in the Division of Career Technical Education LAUSD. “Clay Lacy Aviation has greatly benefited our program and students throughout the years. This is an exciting time in adult education.”

September 29, 2015

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