Tri County Tech Awarded $15,000 Grant by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Tri County Tech Awarded $15,000 Grant by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Tri County Tech is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The grant will be used to purchase advanced flight simulators and drones for the institution’s Drones & Aviation program. This marks the second consecutive year that Tri County Tech has been honored with a grant from the Commission.

Brandi Peace, Drones & Aviation Instructor, expressed her enthusiasm: “We are thrilled to secure additional flight simulators and state-of-the-art drones for our students. Many have already transitioned towards a pilot career after engaging with our existing simulator and exploring the diverse avenues within aviation. Enhancing our drone technology not only benefits students focusing on drone operation but also aligns with our goal of equipping the aviation industry with adept professionals.”

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s AERO Education program has garnered accolades on two occasions from the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). This esteemed recognition celebrates the Commission’s dedicated investments in aerospace and aviation education programs across the state. On Wednesday, August 9th, the Commission approved grants amounting to $502,885. Throughout the fiscal year 2024, they are projected to allocate over $1 million to AOPA schools, aerospace initiatives, and aviation-centric organizations.

Grayson Ardies, the State Director of Aeronautics, commented on the broader state initiatives: “The Oklahoma legislature, along with our visionary state leaders, are at the helm of what we term as the renaissance for aerospace and aviation. However, it’s the educators in Oklahoma’s classrooms who play a pivotal role, guiding young minds towards a promising future in aerospace.”

About Tri County Tech: We’re one of Oklahoma’s first CareerTech schools and have a steadfast spirit for innovation and improvement – driving economic development since 1967. Our devotion to each other, our students, and the life-changing learning we provide fuels our pursuit of excellence. We have locations in Bartlesville, Pawhuska, and Nowata, Oklahoma. Tri County Tech is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system, which offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts and operates on 59 campuses across the state. CareerTech plays a vital role in developing a world-class workforce for Oklahoma employers and prepares Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education, and life.