WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that Marshall University will receive $1,000,000 from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to continue supporting aviation workforce development at Marshall’s flight school. This funding was made available through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) request made by Senator Capito.

In total, Senator Capito secured $250,950,000 in direct spending measures for initiatives and projects across West Virginia through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations omnibus package.

“The Bill Noe Flight School through the Marshall University Division of Aviation creates incredible opportunity for students across West Virginia, and has the potential to be a major economic development driver for our communities. I’ve witnessed this myself through visits to the facility. I’m thrilled to deliver this support to all of the excellent administrators, staff, and future pilots coming out of Huntington, and I look forward to seeing more Marshall Alumni in the captain’s chair,” Senator Capito said.

“We are delighted that the important work going on at the Marshall University Division of Aviation addresses a critical industry need, offering access to world-class facilities and expert instruction - and could not be more appreciative of Senator Capito and all our congressional delegation for their leadership and support,” Marshall University President Brad D. Smith said. “This additional funding will help continue aviation workforce development to help fill the national void for pilots and mechanics. The continued support from our congressional delegation in Washington also allows Marshall’s program to serve as an economic engine to retain and attract new companies to West Virginia.”

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