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TRAINING TOMORROW'S TECHNICIANS
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value this type of experience, elevating the student's resume
and potential for employment following their education.
Avionics News: That's great, but perhaps what is most
important to your current students is the opportunity to work
in the industry while they go to school.
Avionics News: Speaking of value, please tell our
readers again about the value of partnering with industry and
how it helped you get your new program off the ground.
Prosch: The avionics manufacturers in the area are willing to work with our students as they continue their education. They will potentially hire a student who has earned their
avionics certificate to work for them and allow the student
to continue their education for the A&P. The reality is that
most of the students we have in our A&P and avionics programs are already working full time while attending school.
(EvCC's advanced avionics classes take place from 3 p.m. to
9 p.m. daily.)
Ultimately, I would like each student, while in school, to
take a job, even part time, in the industry, especially if they
currently have a job not in aviation. Our industry partners
Prosch: The conversation with Boeing began a couple of
years ago identifying avionics training. We heard the message
but weren't in the position to offer a solution at that moment.
However, in February last year, we were prepared to begin the
conversations in earnest with Boeing inviting all the state's
public Part 147 programs and the Center of Excellence for
Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing to participate. Boeing has led this effort, making this an industry-driven initiative with the colleges responding to that need. The Center of
Excellence worked to coordinate the efforts between Boeing
and each college. Though each college has different implementation timelines for an advanced avionics program, all are
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