By Jul DeGeus
The Indianapolis campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding a career fair for its students, graduates, as well as individuals in the community who are seeking employment.
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Indianapolis campus, located just south of the Indianapolis International Airport, will be holding a career fair on Thursday, May 23rd. The fair begins at 2:30 p.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m. at the campus located at 7251 W McCarty St, Indianapolis, IN. The event will feature a wide range of companies from the aviation industry, as well as a variety of companies from other industries.
Employers attending will lend guidance regarding the application process for their companies, and may even hold on-site interviews for qualified applicants. Guests are expected to attend the career fair professionally dressed, with copies of their resumes and prepared to network. A few of the employers that will be in attendance are GE Aviation, AAR, FedEx, Gulfstream, UPS, Republic Air, The Home Depot, Crew Carwash and many more. A full list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/377174403010402/.
“The opportunity to meet face-to-face with so many recruiters; without getting lost in the shuffle of online applications, is something that individuals serious about a career in aviation will definitely want to take advantage of,” says Andy Duncan, Campus Executive Director of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Indianapolis campus. “At the same time, the career fair provides an avenue for us to promote the various training options available here at AIM.”
In addition to numerous local and national employers, the Indiana Blood Center’s Bloodmobile and the American Red Cross will be on-site holding a blood drive, for those who wish to donate blood.
The career fair is free and open to the public. No aviation experience is required to attend. For more information regarding Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s career fair, contact AIM’s Indianapolis campus at (317) 243-4519.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance:
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando and Norfolk. Visit AviationMaintenance.edu or call (888) FIX-JETS for more information.
Desks, bookshelves, and other equipment that were donated will be used in facilities throughout Norfolk.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) has purchased a new facility on East Little Creek Road, in Norfolk, Virginia. AIM Chesapeake plans to relocate to this facility later this summer.
The building, once Calvary Christian School, had become a repository for school equipment and books suited to children. AIM invited the City of Norfolk and REACH, Inc. (Reading Enriches All Children) out to collect these items to give back to the community they will soon serve.
Employees from the City of Norfolk were on hand to load trucks and vans with desks, bookshelves, and other equipment that will be useful in recreation centers and other community facilities throughout the city. They were joined later by the Executive Director of REACH, Jennifer Goff. REACH was interested in the wealth of reading materials. REACH, established in 1998, focuses on literacy and education, specifically for at-risk and impoverished youth in the Hampton Roads area.
City of Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander speaks with AIM Chesapeake Campus Executive Director Bruce Jones.
Also on site was Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander, who gave a brief statement about AIM’s contribution.
“We are excited about this wonderful gift. These are high- quality furniture and fixtures. Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Mr. Yagen, and Dr. English are great corporate citizens and continue to give back to the cities and communities where they have career education centers. This is a continuation of their generosity . . . [This equipment] will be used for our youth, for their growth and development in our recreation centers, as well as for our Community Services board.”
AIM is continuing to look for suitable homes for the remaining furnishings and materials that remain.
AIM has donated quite a bit of equipment already, but still has much to give. Janis Schoonmaker, Regional Director of Operations said, “We are reaching out to other organizations within the city. We hope to be able to donate to those individuals who will benefit most.”
Over the coming weeks, AIM will work toward finding suitable homes for the remaining furnishings and materials, before transforming the building into their flagship campus.
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By Rita Pradier, AIM Houston Community Outreach Representative
Most of us can remember back-to-school shopping in the weeks before the start of school. New clothes, shoes and, of course, the cool backpack and supplies that your mom told you not to touch. Things have changed and many families don’t have the resources to purchase all of the required school supplies so many weeks in advance. To the rescue – AIM Houston’s “Backpack Attack”.
Donated school supplies waiting to be stuffed into backpacks by AIM Houston.
Aaron Armendariz, Campus Executive Director at AIM Houston, challenged the campus to participate in the project, as a way to give back to the local community. With the promise of 250 backpacks and school supplies on order, each department found a way to help before the challenge deadline. Lucile Gregg Elementary, a Title I school located near the AIM Houston campus, was contacted. The school’s principal, Mr. David Jackson, was given the news of the forthcoming donation.
In the weeks leading up to the deadline, AIM Houston’s National Technical Honor Society approached area stores to donate 1,000 spiral notebook tablets. Soon after, the staff and students joined in to help reach the goal. Classes challenged each other to make sure there would be enough supplies for the backpacks.
The final tally came to 1,973 notebooks donated by students and staff at AIM Houston. At last, it was packing day and all departments lent a hand as supplies were sorted, organized, bundled and placed into the backpacks.
Campus Director Aaron Armendariz poses for a photo with a Lucile Gregg Elementary student as she receives her backpack.
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018 the backpacks were delivered by the campus management team to Principal Jackson and his staff, to be shared with families in need. The students and parents from Lucile Gregg Elementary entered the cafeteria expecting just to meet their classroom teachers. However, they were greeted to a table of backpacks filled with school supplies to kick off the school year.
The AIM team issued the backpacks and posed for pictures with some of the students. It was truly fulfilling to see the children’s’ faces as they came forward. Principal Jackson and his staff thanked us for blessing them with the donation and now consider AIM a community partner. AIM Houston looks forward to collaborating with Lucile Gregg Elementary again in the near future.
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., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), a leading aviation maintenance school with 11 campuses in North America, has won three coveted Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards:
Gold: Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy
Gold: Best Results of a Learning Program
Silver: Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development
The awards celebrate organizations that solved critical business needs and were able to show significant, measureable results on KPIs by successfully deploying human capital management programs, strategies, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved dramatic measurable results:
“Excellence Award winners personify innovation that drives business results,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group.
AIM won for its collaboration with partner, Fulcrum Labs, a leader in AI-powered adaptive learning technology. Together, AIM and Fulcrum Labs developed a training and preparation program designed to help maximize the potential of aviation mechanic students preparing to participate for FAA certification exams. The program produced significant results, including:
- An average 14% increase in pass rates on FAA aircraft mechanics certifications
- A dramatic 25% increase in the number of students who chose to sit for the FAA mechanic certification exams due to improved confidence resulting from the Fulcrum platform
- A significant uptick in AIM certification program enrollments
“Over the course of the two-year training program, students often struggle to retain everything they learned at the beginning of the program in order to pass the exam,” said Joel English, VP at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. “The new review course is a three-week program that has resulted in a higher rate of exam participation (demonstrating a higher level of learner confidence) and an increase in exam pass rate from 79 percent to 90 percent.”
With an eye to even greater gains, AIM and Fulcrum Labs are already building upon their initial successes. Combining new success and performance data with Fulcrum’s abundance of learning data, the two companies are making refinements that will drive better student and business outcomes – increasing learner buy-in, improving the learner experience and creating new marketing opportunities to engage future students.
“We’re an outcomes-driven company, so we’re quite pleased with the extraordinary results we’re seeing in our partnership with AIM,” said Patrick Weir, CEO of Fulcrum Labs. “Equipping people with the skills they need to perform their jobs with accuracy, integrity and confidence – as demonstrated by our project with AIM – is a key tenet of Fulcrum’s philosophy and something we strive to do within every client engagement.”
More information about this award-winning entry can be found at: the-fulcrum.com/hcm-excellence-awards-2018
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: http://www.AviationMaintenance.edu.
About Fulcrum Labs
Fulcrum Labs enables companies to meet or exceed their learning and development (L&D) KPIs. It’s a cloud-based, SaaS business solution that is, first and foremost, outcomes driven; and arms L&D leaders with measurable, actionable data in order to objectively address performance and training needs at the C-level. Fulcrum’s mission is to turn students or employees into learners and turn learners into confident subject matter masters. Fulcrum’s 3.0 adaptive training platform leverages AI, Machine Learning and data-science-driven predictive analytics by correlating on-the-job performance data with learning data to: reduce training times and costs; verify employee confidence and skills mastery; identify those at risk of not applying the training; and evaluate the integrity of course content. Fulcrum’s platform can also assess an organization’s training gaps and the efficacy of existing L&D delivery systems.
About Brandon Hall Group
With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights practitioners responsible for growth and business results. Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs. (www.brandonhall.com).
Any parent knows that finding their children activities to keep them busy during the dog days of summer can be quite an ordeal. To help parents, The City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space (RPOS) offers a number of youth camps throughout the summer. One of these camps are the Norview Navigators.
The Norview Navigators camp, now in its third year of existence, is designed for older campers (ages 13-16). It is the only teen summer camp offered by the City of Norfolk. The goal of the camp is to expose youth to things that they would otherwise not get to experience. As a part of the camp, participants go on a number of field trips. Two of these trips happened to be to the Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) campus in Chesapeake, VA.
The first of these trips occurred on July 27th, with camp participants learning about the fundamentals of flight/aeronautics and some of the practical applications of those fundamentals. As the day continued, the youth were introduced to drone technology. The teens got to sit down and take control of a drone through AIM’s drone simulator program. Afterwards, the day wrapped up with a live demonstration of a drone flight.
“The staff at AIM were awesome,” says Markia Mickles, Recreation Specialist with Norfolk’s RPOS. “They kept our group engaged with great hands on activities.”
The Navigators returned to the AIM campus on Friday, August 3rd for an introduction into aircraft maintenance. Campers received a brief lesson on aircraft safety standards and then were able to get down and dirty with hands-on projects in metal fabrication, aircraft tire and wheel assemblies, and aircraft inspections.
“Our campers learned a lot about aircraft and the work that goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis to prepare an aircraft for flight,” Mickles continued. “The Norview Navigators want to extend their thanks to AIM and look forward to working with the school again in the future.”
By Jul DeGeus and Scott Saxton
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and SONIC Tools are proud to present August’s Graduate of the Month, Floyd Bermudez.
Floyd attended and graduated AIM’s Kansas City campus and purchased SONIC Tool’s aviation-specific toolbox that was designed to support aviation maintenance technicians whether they are just starting their training or have had years of experience. We followed up with the Airframe and Powerplant (A & P) certified mechanic to learn about how the AIM and SONIC Tools partnership benefitted him:
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance prepared me in so many ways, but the most important thing instilled upon me was the mindset that the industry is what you make it. They prepare you with opportunities, like tons of interviews and a discounted tool box, which has given me a huge head start as an A & P technician. I was able to purchase my toolbox while still in school and working in the industry. This gave me a chance to do part time maintenance and apply what I had been learning in school, hands-on. I now work full time at Silverhawk Aviation with my Sonic toolbox set and the AIM/Sonic Tools partnership made both these things happen. Readiness and preparation is key and I left school more prepared than my new employer had expected. They especially liked the fact my toolbox was already shadowed. –Floyd Bermudez
Congratulations, Floyd, on all you have achieved. We look forward to following the path of your career. Good luck in all of your endeavors and thank you for being AIM and SONIC Tool’s August 2018 Graduate of the Month.
About SONIC Tools
SONIC is a market leader in the design and manufacture of premium hand tools and toolbox solutions. SONIC products are found in the world’s most progressive automotive enterprises, service centers, race shops, aftermarket businesses and personal garages. Our goal is to design and manufacture equipment that meets and exceeds all standards. For nearly 50 years, we’ve accomplished that goal. Faster pace of work, increased efficiency, the best value – that’s what we’re all about. SONIC is a Dutch-based company with facilities in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States
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. There are plans to open a campus in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.