It was a very proud week for AIM Dallas. Students, local veteran organizations, the Irving Chamber of Commerce and others came out to celebrate the exciting new addition to their campus—the Veteran Resource Center. With such a strong student population of veterans, the entire AIM team wanted to give those students a special place of their own.
The Veteran Resource Center is expected to not only serve as a one-stop shop for VA student questions such as medical benefits, coping with civilian life, PTSD, etc., but it will also serve as a hang-out area. Complete with magazines, periodicals and newspapers, leather couches, Wi-Fi and four accessible computers, they’ll be able to chill out during breaks and use the provided resources for academic or personal purposes. AIM Dallas also plans to host monthly guest speakers, a veteran monthly spotlight if you will, from veteran organizations all over the area.
You can never give too much back to the men and women who’ve given our country everything! Thank you for your service and we look forward to better serving you with our new Veteran Resource Center.
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When you think about aviation history most of the names and faces that come to mind are male, with the exception of Emilia Earhart of course! Today we would like to shed some light on the lesser-known women who have made their own incredible marks on the Aviation Industry.
• Emma Lilian Todd (1865) – She grew up with a love for mechanical devices and later became a self-taught inventor who is considered the first woman in the world to help design aircraft.
• Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892) –The first Native American and African American woman to hold a pilot license, as well as the first African American to earn an International aviation license.
• Ruth Rowland Nichols (1901) – The first woman in 1924 to be licensed to fly a hydroplane. In 1927, she was one of two women licensed to fly transport planes. She holds more than 35 women’s aviation records. She set a transcontinental speed record in 1930, beating Charles Lindbergh’s record set earlier that year. She was the only woman to hold simultaneously the women’s world speed, altitude and distance records for heavy land planes before Amelia Earhart broke these records.
• Phoebe Omlie (1902) –The first female to receive an airplane mechanic’s license, the first licensed female transport pilot and the first female to be appointed to a federal position in the aviation field.
• Elsie MacGill (1905) – The world’s first female aircraft designer. Also known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”, she worked as an aeronautical engineer during World War II.
• Helen Richey (1909) –As a pioneering female aviator, she earned her private license in 1930, at the age of 20. She began her career as an aerobatic pilot and ended up becoming the first woman to be hired as a commercial airline pilot in the United States.
• Elinor “The Flying Flapper of Freeport” Smith (1911) – In 1928, then 16, she earned national recognition as the youngest pilot to receive a license from the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1930, she was also voted, “best female pilot” by her peers, a group that included Amelia Earhart. Smith’s aviation records for endurance, altitude and speed in the 1920s and 30s led her to worldwide fame.
Without these lovely ladies, aviation would simply just not be the same. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has granted Aviation Institute of Maintenance approval to accept VA education benefits at its Las Vegas campus. The approval now makes eleven AIM schools across the nation offering veterans the opportunity to use VA education benefits toward an FAA approved aviation maintenance technician programs.
“Veterans bring a lot to the table—background experience, maturity, outstanding work ethics. These are all extremely valuable qualities in the aviation industry,” said Campus Executive Director Veronica Donahue. “Their ability to complete detailed tasks in a fast-paced, stressful environment aligns with the skill set employers seek during the hiring process.”
AIM’s Las Vegas campus, which is the only aviation maintenance school in Nevada, is located at 5870 South Eastern Avenue and offers day, evening and overnight classes. A big congratulations to our Las Vegas Campus on this very exciting opportunity to serve those who’ve given so much to this country! We are honored and humbled by this opportunity.
In mid-December, HAECO (formerly TIMCO), one of the largest Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services providers in the U.S., visited AIM Orlando to give a career presentation, interview graduates for mechanic positions, and offer jobs on the spot. They were hiring for more than a dozen positions in their Lake City, FL and Greensboro, NC locations.
A total of 12 graduates and 3 pending graduates attended the presentation. Eleven of the graduates stayed after the presentation to be interviewed for structural mechanic and general A&P mechanic positions. Not only did the full-time positions offer full benefits, but also incentives such as relocation assistance. All 11 graduates they interviewed were offered full-time employment, with start dates landing just after the end of the holidays. To just about every graduate, that was the best holiday gift they could have imagined.
We are all so proud of our graduates who continue to make a positive impact with leading aviation employers in the country. Way to go AIM Grads! Never forget to #AIM4Success!
As the last weeks of 2015 approached, Orlando was filled with winter tourists’ melodies of the season. The students at AIM Orlando were checking their school calendar, counting the days left before their winter break; a time of no classes, no books, no projects and a time of traditional cultural and family celebrations. At AIM Orlando, the sounds of power tools were slowly being replaced with sounds of melodies and songs.
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AIM Dallas was awarded with an Award of Appreciation during an ISD Career & Technology Celebration for AMD’s continued support of Irving’s Career and Technical Education Programs. During the event, one of Irving’s Aviation students provided a speech on his experience in the Aviation program with the intent to attend AIM Dallas campus to further his career in aviation. Congratulations AIM Dallas! Pictured from left to right ( Jose Parra Irving ISD Superintendent, David Meierotto AMD School Director & Shaunta Wiltz).
Next year Irving High School and AIM Dallas will continue developing their Aviation program. Starting next fall, Irving High School Aviation student will conduct their shop project between the hours of 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the AIM Dallas campus. This will allow for a more robust hands-on experience for their students and our pleasure to support their careers in Aviation.