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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Universal Helicopters offers DC3 students scholarships

  • Some of those pursuing technical programs at Dodge City Community College (DCCC) are getting one step closer to fulfilling their dream thanks to a new scholarship being offered by Universal Helicopters.The $22,000 scholarship is being divided among 22 students, with $1,000 going to a student enrolled in each of the co...
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  • Some of those pursuing technical programs at Dodge City Community College (DCCC) are getting one step closer to fulfilling their dream thanks to a new scholarship being offered by Universal Helicopters. The $22,000 scholarship is being divided among 22 students, with $1,000 going to a student enrolled in each of the college's 22 technical programs. DCCC offers a range of technical programs, from agriculture to computer science to welding technology. A reception for the scholarship recipients was held on Nov. 14. President and CEO of Universal Helicopters Dr. Gordon A. Jiroux was present at the reception. “All students take on an enormous financial commitment to earn an education and gain a skill,” DCCC Vice President of Innovations and Workforce Development Danny Gillum said in a news release. “Gordon recognizes this need and has generously responded.” “This new UHI Technical Education Scholarship is a fine example of the importance of our industry partners and Gordon Jiroux is one of the best,” DCCC President Dr. Don Woodburn added. DCCC has partnered with Universal Helicopters for more than six years. Currently the college's helicopter program has no unemployed graduates. Universal Helicopters has offered scholarships to no other colleges. In addition to DCCC, it partners with two other academic institutions for helicopter programs: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State University. “In these hard times it seemed like the university and the students could use the support from an outside company,” Jiroux said. Both Jiroux and DCCC Vice President of Community and Industry Relations Anthony Lyons argue for the strength of the college's helicopter program. “UHI and DCCC are not about grinding students through an expensive flight training program and then telling them, 'It was nice to know you,'” Jiroux said. “We are about training students for a high-demand, high-paying, exciting career and then putting them to work with our aviation partners.”
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