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Voyageur Aviation launches college bursary program

Full tuition money, mentorship and guaranteed employment among perks of new Canadore College partnership

Voyageur Aviation Corp. has launched a new bursary program aimed at getting more people trained as aircraft maintenance technicians.

On June 13, the North Bay company announced it’s created the Pathway Bursary Program in partnership with Canadore College, which offers a range of aviation-related maintenance courses through its School of Aviation and Aerospace Technology.

Through the bursary, six eligible students will have their full tuition paid, summer employment, mentorship from Voyageur’s aircraft maintenance engineers through the school term, and a guaranteed offer of employment after completing the program.

Chas Eveson, Voyageur’s vice-president of maintenance and engineering, said the company was proud to be able to offer this type of opportunity to local students.

“As a company, we recognize the importance of investing in the next generation of aviation professionals and are committed to supporting their education and career development," Eveson said in a news release.

"Voyageur's partnership with Canadore College – School of Aviation and Aerospace Technology is integral to the success of the Pathway Bursary Program.

“We are proud that this opportunity will benefit North Bay and the surrounding area, offering students the chance to pursue their aircraft maintenance passion right here at home."

The program is open to graduates of secondary schools in the Nipissing/Parry Sound District who are enrolled in one of three programs offered at Canadore: aircraft structural repair technician (one year), avionics technician – aircraft maintenance (two years), and aviation technician – aircraft maintenance (two years).

George Burton, president of Canadore College, called Voyageur’s support “instrumental” in providing opportunities for the school’s aircraft maintenance students.

“Voyageur's Pathway Bursary Program offers local students a momentous opportunity to obtain a higher aircraft maintenance education at Canadore, with guaranteed employment post-graduation with a highly innovative and reputable company like Voyageur Aviation," Burton said in the release.

Located at North Bay’s Jack Garland Airport, Voyageur Aviation provides specialized aviation service including contract flying operations both internationally and domestically, advanced engineering and maintenance capabilities, parts sales and inventory management, and aircraft leasing.

The company is a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc.