The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) – an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region – has awarded a nearly $1.3 million grant to a Kentucky College for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training.
According to ARC, the $1,290,000 grant will go to Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC), located in Maysville, Ky., for the KYWV Regional Drone Technology Workforce Project.
In turn, MCTC will partner with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College to deliver UAS training courses to a seven-county area in southern West Virginia and a 13-county area in northeastern Kentucky.
ARC says the project will serve 100 trainees over the two-year life of the award. In addition, the project will leverage $14 million in private investment.
This grant is part of a nearly $26 million investment to “expand and diversify the economy in coal-impacted communities in five Appalachian states,” says ARC.
“These investments capitalize on the growing momentum for a diverse economy in Appalachia,” says Earl F. Gohl, ARC’s federal co-chair. “They are strategic, collaborative and impactful projects making the region more competitive in technology, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, broadband, health and a variety of other sectors.”