West Star Aviation granted Approval for Aircraft Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship program


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February 4, 2020 – West Star Aviation has been granted approval for their Aircraft Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship program by the United States Department of Labour as a registered program in Illinois.

Currently there are 37 apprentice AMTs, of which 73% are based in the Alton, IL location. Moving forward, this allows West Star to be eligible for state grants, which can offset wages, tuition and other training costs. This registered program will also allow for further growth with federal grants, as the Aviation Workforce Development Grant that was just recently approved by Congress.

“We are honoured to be approved for this exciting new program,” stated Katie Johnson, VP of Human Resources. “This opportunity will allow us to continue to grow and expand the AMT workforce,” she continued.

In addition to its primary facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; Chattanooga, TN; and Perryville, MO, West Star Aviation also maintains satellite facilities at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO; Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX; Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, MN and Scottsdale Airport in Scottsdale, AZ. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its East Alton and Grand Junction facilities.