Inside the airplane hangar where students get hands on experience working on plane engines at the downtown airport (Source: KSLA)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Southern University of Shreveport is looking to create new careers with a unique program thanks to a $500,000 grant.
The City of Shreveport recently awarded the money to SUSLA along with an additional $500,000 from Louisiana Economic Development for their Aerospace Maintenance Program.
The facility is located at the Shreveport Downtown Airport and will undergo renovations over the next year.
Instructor and Director Timothy Banks says in his ten years with the program, he's seen over 80 students make careers out of what they learned, and get hired right out of the gate.
"That's something that we definitely want to grow and possibly double over the next ten years, or even triple," said Banks.
The students in the program learn how to work on and fix airplane engines and other aircraft parts.
Banks says many of the students don't even know they have a knack for it until they give it a try.
"We'll take them from ground zero and we'll build them up in the two years that they're in the program, how to use tools, what are the proper tools to look for, special tools used in the aviation field," said Banks.
The update to the program also falls on SUSLA's 50 year anniversary and part of the schools pledge to continuously improve it's facilities and opportunities.
This SUSLA program is creating jobs right here in Shreveport. We're talking about how a new boost in funding will take t even further @KSLApic.twitter.com/v8YuFmdPTV