(Victor Valley)– At the request of First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, the County Board of Supervisors today approved the allocation of $500,000 in one-time First District funds to provide long-term support for the Airframe and Powerplant Aviation Technicians Training program, which is being transferred to Victor Valley College from a private consortium.
“A well-trained and educated workforce is critical to attracting the kind of industries that will lead to sustainable economic growth and job creation,” said Supervisor Mitzelfelt. “We are establishing these endowments to help ensure the long-term viability of the Airframe and Powerplant School and to encourage the success of Victor Valley College in taking over this important training program.”
The funds will be used to create two endowments that will provide long-term funding to support the School of Aviation Technology, which has been operating at Southern California Logistics Airport since 2009.
Funding in the amount of $150,000 will be used to create an endowment through the California Community College Scholarship Endowment Fund, which will earn a $75,000 match from the Bernard Osher Foundation, for a total of $225,000. That will generate $12,000 per year to create $1,000 annual scholarships for 12 students in the program.
The other $350,000 will be held in trust by the Victor Valley College Foundation and will be managed to yield about $17,500 per year. That funding will be used to support the cost of an adjunct faculty member to teach one course through the program each year.
Supervisor Mitzelfelt previously granted $500,000 of district funds to equip the school with tools, equipment and engines when it first opened. The additional $500,000 awarded today brings the total support from the Supervisor’s office to more than $1 million. The County’s Workforce Development Department has provided more than $420,000 in tuition assistance to students participating in the program, bringing the county’s total contribution to nearly $1.5 million. Mr. Mitzelfelt is also helping the college with the costs of transitioning from private ownership of the school.
“I would like thank Supervisor Mitzelfelt for his visionary leadership in promoting and supporting this program. The Airframe and Powerplant training program will dramatically improve the lives of these students and have a positive economic and social impact on the community as a whole,” said Dr. Christopher O’Hearn, interim superintendent and president of Victor Valley College. “Victor Valley College welcomes the opportunity to incorporate this program into our educational tradition.”