Two dozen Aviation Center students received scholarships from officials of Clay Lacy Aviation.

Two dozen Aviation Center students received scholarships from officials of Clay Lacy Aviation.

Two dozen aspiring airplane mechanics will share more than $10,000 in scholarships through a partnership between the District’s  Aviation Center and Clay Lacy Aviation, a charter operator based at Van Nuys Airport.

The Aviation Center is operated by the District’s Division of Adult and Career Education. The two-year course is designed to prepare students for the Federal Aviation Administration’s licensing exams for mechanics.

Scholarships of $300 to $900 each were presented to students on Nov. 12 by company founder Clay Lacy and President Brian Kirkdoffer. In addition to pledging $10,200 annually in scholarships, the firm last year donated two retired jets that Aviation Center students use during their hands-on training.

The center has also received support from Betty and Si Robin, of Sensors Systems Inc., in Chatsworth, who also attended last week’s ceremony.

“Our school community is fortunate to have such generous donors,” said Assistant Principal Elizabeth Penuela. “Support from business leaders in our community play such an important part of contributing to the future of our students.”

Other attendees included Ruby Chavez, chief of staff to school board member Monica Ratliff; Angelica Ayala, an aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl; and Brian Gavidia, field deputy to Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles.