The York College Aviation Management program, one of three in the nation, was awarded a grant as part of the JetBlue Foundation which offers money to better aviation technology on campus.
The grant includes $25,000, which the Aviation program plans to use on a new dispatcher program. The Foundation judged the schools based on their ability to ignite interest in their program which must be focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematic programs, as well as trying to steer the program toward underserved groups and communities.
The JetBlue Foundation started the program by offering an exclusive tour of the T5 aircraft at JFK Airport to Aviation High School in Long Island City, SUN ‘n FUN, a non-profit organization in Florida, and York College.
The Aviation Institute at York College serves as the interface between the School of Business and Information Systems at York College and the aviation industry and has been nationally recognized for its management team. “We try to go into conferences and we try to get our school known that we do have aviation as a program,” said Moses Lee, 25, an Aviation Management Major.