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Enrollment on the rise
in Reedley College's aviation maintenance program

Avionics News recently spoke with David Richey, aviation maintenance instructor at Reedley College in
Reedley, California, to learn how the institution is educating the next generation of avionics technicians.

Avionics News: Please tell us about your aviation and
avionics programs.
Richey: The Reedley College aviation maintenance
program was first certified in 1948, making it the third aviation
maintenance school certified in the United States. Our avionics
and electronic training programs have gradually increased over
the past 20 years.
We don't have accurate records from the early years, but it is
estimated that during the last 60 years our program has graduated over 1,200 new aircraft maintenance technicians.
Avionics News: How has enrollment changed during the
past five years?
Richey: Fortunately, our enrollment has gradually increased each semester over the past few years. To maintain our

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level of high-quality training, we have capped the program at 60
students per semester, and our waiting list is always full.
This past semester, we allowed a few extra students to enroll
over cap, for a total of 63 enrollees. The good news is that the
enrollment trend seems to be here to stay - at least in the foreseeable future.

Avionics News: Where do you see your program in
five years?
Richey: Increasing our high school career pathway has
become a high priority for us. High school students in various
occupational programs are increasingly taking college level
classes here on campus. A new high school intermediate building is opening soon on campus, with an emphasis on a STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) centered



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