WCCC aviation student earns scholarship

Ben Franer, Lebanon, has his plans in place for college and a great career in the aviation maintenance industry.

Franer, a senior in the Warren County Career Center Aerospace Academy, began the program last year as a junior learning about the pilot side of the aviation industry. He enjoyed it, but when he became a senior this fall and started learning about the mechanical workings of an airplane, he knew what he wanted to do for his career.

“I thought I wanted to fly when I came into the program, but I have a good mechanical ability, and found that I really like maintenance,” he said. “And planes are the coolest things to work on in mechanics.”

Franer recently found out he has earned an academic scholarship to Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation for $7,000 for four years. He will earn a bachelor degree in aviation maintenance technology, and then plans to gain experience as a line mechanic at an airport, and ultimately become a project manager.

This year he is learning the foundation skills to work toward the Airframe and Powerplant certification in aircraft maintenance and the class he is taking at WCCC can translate into college credit.

“The Career Center really helped me find what I like doing,” Franer said. “I am learning while I am doing what I like, I am making good friends here, and I have a great instructor.”

Franer also plays tennis for Lebanon High School, and earned first doubles all GWOC for LHS. He is a half-day student at WCCC, and takes his academic classes at LHS.

Applications for the 2014-15 school year will be accepted beginning Dec. 12 at the annual Sophomore Open House, 4:30- 7 p.m. To learn more about the WCCC Aerospace Academy, or for more information on the open house, call 513-932-5677.

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