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“We want younger people to learn about the many career opportunities that exist in aviation,” said Mary Niemczyk, CTI aviation program chair and associate professor. “As a leading academic program in aviation, part of our mission here is to educate students about the possibilities that come with enrolling in a program such as ours.”
During the event, cadets received general information about air traffic control, engineering, aircraft structures and campus flight simulators.
The organization approached faculty in CTI’s aviation program about hosting an annual training that introduces young cadets to opportunities in aviation careers and higher education possibilities.
Karrie Shank, lecturer in the aviation program, received a plaque of appreciation from Pete Feltz, the Arizona Wing Civil Air Patrol director of aerospace education. Feltz said he would like more cadets to learn about CTI’s aviation program and will be making arrangements to return to the Polytechnic campus in two years for another training event.
“We wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of these cadets return here as students in the future,” Shank said. “We certainly hope to see them here someday.”
Aviation lecturer James Anderson says not all cadets in attendance at Saturday’s event are interested in careers in aviation, and CTI recruiters discussed other academic programs offered at ASU’s Polytechnic campus.
“As a college, we have a lot to offer,” Anderson said. “What a great experience it was to give so many young minds an opportunity to see the value in pursuing dreams in higher education.”
written by: Sydney B. Donaldson, CTI