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and the aviation electronics program has graduated
approximately 400 students over the course of its
existence. Over the past five years, enrollment has held
steady at 40-plus students annually in each program.

Avionics News: Where do you see your program
in five years?
Brown: Steadily growing.
Although the capacity is limited to
50 students annually, the innovation
and technological evolution of the
subject knowledge continues to
attract students to these programs.
Neither of our programs is
governed under Part 147, which
allows us the freedom to bring
in new technology and industry
advancements without being
restricted under mandated
curriculum. Over the next several
years, these programs will offer
additional industry certifications
that students may earn and more
advanced technology as innovation in
the industry continues.

the aviation electronics program hosted an industry
summit, inviting avionics shops from a five-state region
(Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio),
along with a key industry partner from California.
During the summit, industry shared specific skills,
knowledge and behaviors that help make our students
more employable.

Avionics News: How are
Photo from Kent Career Tech Center's Facebook page
you preparing students to become
In 2008, Kent Career Technical Center added aviation electronics as a stand-alone program
designed to teach basic electronics focusing on the avionics career field and preparing
technicians and satisfying the
students to become certified aircraft electronics technicians through ASTM's National Center
increasing demand of these
for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies.
advanced technology fields in
avionics, unmanned aircraft systems
and aircraft electronics?
Our staff has implemented several industry ideas,
Brown: Our programs use a continuous
including the acquisition of modern test equipment to
improvement process, which begins with industry
facilitate skill-based instruction on common tasks that
input. We use that input to implement changes to our
students would be expected to perform as an entry-level
curriculum. Then we verify that those changes are
technician in the industry.
effective and meet the needs of industry.
Members of our industry guidance panel currently
Avionics News: How are you doing things
include Preferred Avionics, Beacon Aviation, Duncan
differently to keep up with technological advancements?
Aviation, General Atomics, Premier Avionics, Mayday
What's new and exciting in your curriculum?
Avionics, Amway and others.
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As an example of their involvement, in 2015,
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