SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus is set to receive a financial boost for the development of an aerospace education hub.

During a visit to the campus Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran announced that a federal grant to build a $28 million facility that will serve as a hub for several of K-State Salina's programs, as well as a separate $5.5 million grant to provide aviation training equipment to amplify the pilot training partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

"The federal resources I worked to secure will grow K-State's research and development footprint to better serve Kansans and attract new students and faculty to Salina," said Moran, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. "It has long been my goal to make certain Kansas is a place where students can find a quality education and a fulfilling career without having to leave the state. K-State Salina is a hub for learning, research and innovation, and these federal resources are an investment in expanding the great work being done at the university."

The hub will house the Advanced Composites Laboratory and the Aviation Maintenance Training Center.

"This investment marks the next phase in K-State Salina's continuous growth," said Alysia Starkey, CEO and dean of K-State Salina. "As we develop this new, state-of-the-art space for our uncrewed aircraft systems, composites and aviation maintenance programs, we are also establishing the future of aerospace education. The alignment of these critical disciplines enables K-State Salina to educate learners, collaborate with industry and further advanced air mobility solutions for the region and nation."

The new facility is the second phase to revitalize the southernmost end of the K-State Salina campus as the General Atomics Aerospace Innovation Ramp, following General Atomics' $10 million gift to kick off the revitalization plan in October 2022.