Yellowknife (August 14, 2012) — Seven scholarships under the Aviation Career Development Program (ACDP) have been awarded to first-time recipients in the first intake of the 2012-2013 school year. ACDP helps support NWT students to pursue careers in the NWT’s aviation industry.
The $5,000 scholarships are funded by the Department of Transportation in partnership with Discovery Air, First Air, Keewatin Air, and North-Wright Airways. The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation funds a further six scholarships for residents of Nunavut. The intake for Nunavummiut applicants has been extended to September 28, 2012.
This is the 12th year of the program. To date, half a million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to help pay for aviation-related education and training.
Minister of Transportation David Ramsay congratulated the seven recipients, all first-time applicants. “Each of these candidates demonstrated an interest in entering the vital aviation field, as well as a commitment to return to the North when they are finished their training and education,” he said. “The future of the northern aviation industry depends on young people from the North receiving the training and experience they need to play their role as pilots, maintenance engineers, operations specialists, and aviation managers.”
As an Aviation Career Development Program partner, the Department of Transportation contributes up to $30,000 per year to improve skills for northern workers in the NWT aviation industry. Encouraging people to enter or remain in the workforce is a priority of the 17th Legislative Assembly.
The 2012 first-time NWT recipients are:
• Brittany Norris, Yellowknife
• Colby Wallis, Yellowknife
• Dakota Miller, Norman Wells
• Dylan Wheaton, Yellowknife
• Kylar Villebrun, Yellowknife
• Matthew Noland, Aklavik
• Michael Gray, Yellowknife
To learn more about the Aviation Career Development Program, please visit the Department of Transportation’s website.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Director, Programs and Standards
Department of Transportation
Tel: (867) 873-7822