WCCC aviation students exhibit at state conference

The Warren County Career Center showcased its Aerospace Academy program during the 15th annual Student Achievement Fair Nov. 12 at the 2013 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference. Tyler Hirsch, Mason, a junior in the program, and Dustin Ramler, Little Miami, a senior in the program, traveled to Columbus with their instructor David Miller to talk to school board members and school administrators about their studies in aviation.

The students planned the displays for the booth, which included a small flight simulator which conference attendees could try flying, a board showing tools of the trade for aviation mechanics, and photos and video of the class in action. Several people stopped by the booth to explore the flight simulator and talk to the students.

The Aerospace Academy provides pathways to careers in the aviation industry, and students report to a classroom at the Warren County Airport near Lebanon. The junior year, students learn about careers in flight, including preparation for the private pilot FAA Knowledge Test. They also have the option of taking flight lessons after school hours on their own time and cost. The senior year, students learn about the mechanical and maintenance aspects of the aviation industry, and learn the fundamentals to partially prepare for the Airframe and Powerplant certification test. At the airport classroom, the students are able to be a part of a real, working airport, interact with pilots and mechanics, and have their own hangar where they work on aircraft engines and small planes.

Sinclair Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College recognize courses in the program for college credit and advance standing toward degrees in aviation. Some scholarships are also available, including the $3,000 Miami Valley Tech Prep scholarship to Sinclair.

For more information about the program, call 513-932-5677. Enrollment is going on now for the 2013-14 school year.

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