High Schoolers Tour Aviation Facilities to Prep for Careers in Aerospace

  • Aerospace Cadets from Ed White High School got to see first hand what it takes to work in the aviation industry. 
    Tours began at FAA Air Traffic Control Tower, where students watched actual air traffic controllers working LIVE flights as they landed and took off!
    Next was Cecil Field, which included a visit to the maintenance facility, FlightStar and a VIP tour of the flight line provided by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.  
    Students were permitted on a tour of Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard Interdiction Unit, Army Air National Guard, and general aviation aircraft. They also got to see, up close, F-15 Eagles take off and land.  
    Flightstar’s Talent Acquisition Specialist from Human Resources spoke to the students after the tour.  She gave her business card and told them to call her when looking for a job.  
    They learned what kinds of school work and certifications would be necessary for the jobs and what kinds of experience would be required. 
    Cadets would begin as Aircraft cleaners, and then work their way up to mechanic helpers and possibly become Airframe and Power-plant mechanics.
    DCPS Career & Technical Education offers a variety of programs across the District that prepare students for success in college education and careers. 
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