The Golden LEAF Foundation recently awarded Elizabeth City State University a $1.1 million grant to strengthen aviation education and workforce development in northeastern North Carolina. 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.