ECSU Aviation Science program receives $1.1 million Golden LEAF Foundation grant
Kesha Williams December 15, 2014
The Golden LEAF Foundation recently awarded Elizabeth City State University a $1.1
million grant to strengthen aviation education and workforce development in northeastern
The grant will enable ECSU and its partners to promote aviation education and to produce
the skilled and educated workforce necessary to attract new businesses to the region.
Over the next two years, the grant will support ECSU curriculum enhancements; the
development of a Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations & Management Program,
which would be one of five specializations in the ECSU aviation science degree program.
It would also help ECSU expand partnerships with community colleges, public school
districts and education outreach programs for high school students.
"This grant award is an investment in ECSU and consequently the region's aviation
science program and outreach. This is certainly good news and we appreciate Golden
LEAF's vote of confidence," said Chancellor Stacey Franklin Jones.
ECSU offers a bachelor's degree in aviation science with specializations in flight
education, aviation electronics, aviation management, and air traffic control.
"As the only university in North Carolina that offers a B.S. degree in aviation science,
ECSU is in a unique position to lead state aviation education initiatives. We can
provide our graduates with the expertise needed to succeed in the aviation/aerospace
industry." said Dr. Kuldeep Rawat, chairperson of the Technology Department, director
of the Aviation Science Program and project director of this grant.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN LEAF FOUNDATION:
Golden LEAF's mission is to promote the social welfare of North Carolina's citizens
and to receive and distribute funds for economic impact assistance to economically
affected or tobacco-dependent regions of North Carolina.
The Foundation awards grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofits and governmental entities across
North Carolina. Golden LEAF's grants making focuses on three priorities: agriculture,
job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness.