U.S. Congresswoman Visits Aviation Maintenance School to Discuss Training Options for Transitioning Military Servicemembers
On Wednesday, August 1, United States Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, of Florida’s Seventh District, along with members of her staff, made a special visit to Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) campus in Casselberry.
Congresswoman Murphy currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee, where she serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. An advocate for military service veterans, Murphy brought up new legislation such as the Better Access to Technical Training, Learning and Entrepreneurship (BATTLE) for Servicemembers Act, which aims to better prepare departing servicemembers, so they can attend school, learn a trade,
or open a small business.
Currently, the Department of Defense (DOD) requires all departing servicemembers to complete the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which offers a required core curriculum designed to help them transition to civilian life. In addition, departing servicemembers currently have the option to participate in a specialized two-day workshop in one of the following areas:
- higher education, conducted by DOD
- technical and skills training, conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs; or,
- entrepreneurship, conducted by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
According to a recent Government Accountability Office report, fewer than 15 percent of eligible active-duty servicemembers participated in one of these two-day workshops in Fiscal Year 2016, including only 4 percent of eligible Marines. Murphy’s BATTLE for Servicemembers Act will boost participation in the training by requiring departing servicemembers to opt out of this specialized training rather than opt in.
Congresswoman Murphy was accompanied by her Chief of Staff Brad Howard and District Director Lauren Allen. The discussion also included Casselberry City Commissioners Sandra Solomon and Anthony Aramendia. AIM was represented by Campus Executive Director Jerry Moore, Campus Assistant Director Kenee Ramirez, Director of Education Derren Kuhn, and other members of campus staff. The purpose of bringing everyone together for the discussion was to showcase AIM’s facilities, iterate the school’s goals and missions, as well as to discuss future growth plans for the campus.
Director Moore spearheaded the meeting, after which Congresswoman Murphy was led on a tour of AIM’s training facilities, including its aircraft hangar. A number of AIM students and staff got to speak with the congresswoman, giving her first-hand feedback on their experiences at the campus.
AIM’s Casselberry campus is located at 2725 S US Highway 17/92, Casselberry, FL 32707. For more information regarding Congresswoman Murphy’s visit contact the campus at (407) 896-2800.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.