MPS’ Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and Milwaukee Area Technical College have been selected to receive a portion of a $1 million Southwest Airlines Charitable Grant that focuses on building a stronger workforce of tomorrow. The grant will fund the Expanding Milwaukee's Aviation Pipeline project.
The Texas-based airline is supporting two dozen nonprofit organizations across the country which are, in turn, strengthening their communities through K–12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; building a resilient workforce; and developing future leaders.
The Expanding Milwaukee's Aviation Pipeline project is a strategic partnership between the GMC, MATC, and Bradley Tech High School. The partners will work to align existing programs and expand enrollment in MATC's aviation program to increase the number of workforce-ready candidates.
The collaborative will result in a pipeline for MATC’s Aviation Technician program, starting with outreach activities at Bradley Tech, the premier technology and trade high school in Milwaukee. Bradley Tech educates more than 900 students and currently partners with MATC to offer college credit classes in construction, design, manufacturing, and pre-engineering.
“This grant will provide pathways to stable, in-demand careers that require specific technical training. MPS is excited to connect our students to career opportunities and skills in an industry that is essential to the quality of life in southeast Wisconsin,” said Dr. Keith P. Posley, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.
Through this project, partners will coordinate recruitment and field experiences for Bradley Tech students in the spring and fall semesters to increase student knowledge of aviation careers. These will include tour experiences at Mitchell International Airport and two recruitment events at MATC. Approximately 80 high school students are anticipated to participate in the experiences.
MPS is grateful to Southwest Airlines for providing this unique career opportunity to Milwaukee students.
Bradley Tech High School is located at 700 South 4th Street in Milwaukee. For enrollment information, visit mpsmke.com/enroll.
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