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NYPA Funding For Aviation Career Program Helps Queens Students Aim High

Joseph Leary

September 28, 2006


ASTORIA—A contribution from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will assist the Queens Council, Boy Scouts of America as it continues its Air Exploring aviation career education program.

“The New York Power Authority has been a tremendous supporter of the local community,” said Warren Kroeppel, longtime Boy Scouts of America supporter and aviation industry executive.  “The 6,000 young men and women from Queens who participate in the Council’s Air Exploring program will truly benefit from the Power Authority’s continued assistance.”

Air Exploring is a co-ed vocational program that helps young adults aged 14 through 20 with career decisions about the field of aviation.   La Guardia Airport, a recipient of NYPA power, serves as the Explorer Post where students from local high schools meet biweekly to explore various  careers available in the aviation industry through tours, presentations and demonstrations.

Joseph Leary, NYPA’s director of public and governmental affairs for Southeastern New York, said, “We’re very pleased to be able to assist community programs such as Air Exploring that aid our youth in focusing on a career path.”

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