Saturday, June 29, 2013


By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer, LA Daily News |

6/27/2013 06:02:35 PM PDT/Updated:  6/27/2013 08:33:59 PM PDT  ::  A University of North Dakota group is giving thousands of dollars to a top-flight LAUSD mechanics school that trains students at Van Nuys Airport for high-paying jobs in aviation.

The University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation on Saturday will present $25,000 to the North Valley Occupational Center's aviation program during a Valley of the Stars gala at Van Nuys Airport, hosted by the Valley Economic Alliance. The money will be used to fund scholarships.

"The University of North Dakota is home to one of the nation's top collegiate flight training programs, and we're honored to show our support for one of the nation's top aircraft mechanics schools," said Larry Martin, chairman of the board for the nonprofit UND Aerospace Foundation, in a statement.

The Aviation Center, once imperiled by budget cuts and a potential doubling of its rent, was saved this spring by a cut-rate lease arrangement between Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Valley Economic Alliance banquet will honor longtime Van Nuys Airport businessman Clay Lacey, a board member at the foundation, which supports aviation programs at the Grand Forks university.

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