The City of Shreveport has matched a $500,000 dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to the Shreveport Airport Authority. The funds will go to renovate the U.S. Army Reserve Center at the Shreveport Downtown Airport for use by the Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) for their Airframe and Powerplant school. (See original story from June: here)
Southern University is also pledging $200,000 to the project bringing the total available funds to $1.2 million. The Shreveport City Council approved the money that will come from the Department of Airports 2017 Airport Operating Reserve Fund.
Program Director, Timothy Banks, says SUSLA will meet with the Airport Authority on Friday to go over floor plans for the renovation. The plan calls for 2 large classrooms and office space that will essentially quadruple the room the program has to use. Currently students learn in a classroom and have to walk to a hangar nearby to use the the airplane mechanic training equipment.
“Instead of going back and forth between the hangar and the classroom, we can have the equipment in the class and explain exactly what it is we’re talking about when we give our lectures,” says Banks.
SUSLA recently invested in new training equipment and is looking to add 2 instructors which will increase the number of students the program can train.
For more information on the SUSLA program: http://www.susla.edu/airframe-powerplant-maintenance