Building a Workforce in Aerospace and Aviation
The rapid expansion of the aerospace industry notwithstanding, the nation faces a shortage of qualified engineers and mechanics that is predicted to last well into the next decade. In response to this need, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) now offers Applied Science in Aviation Systems Technology, Aviation Management and Career Pilot Associate Degree programs. Many of the graduates of these programs go on to earn Bachelor or Master’ degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has a facility co-located with GTCC. Ms. Flores and Fellow Ms. Allison George will partner with educators and trainers at GTCC to see first-hand the kinds of STEM skills necessary to succeed in this field. They will collaborate to develop relevant, engaging lessons that encourage high school students to consider these exciting aerospace training programs. In addition, Ms. Flores and Ms. George will spend time with local aerospace and aviation companies that hire GTCC graduates and partner with GTCC instructors in the development and execution of aviation training programs. Major employers include Triad International Maintenance Corporation, the General Electric Jet Engine Facility, Honda Aircraft Company Inc., Causey Aviation services, US Airways, Atlantic Aero, Landmark Aviation Services, the Cessna Citation Service Center, and US Propeller.
Ragsdale High School
Guilford County Schools
Audrey Floyd, Guilford Technical Community College
NASA Flight Fellowship