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Aviation Institute of Maintenance wins Three Awards in The 2018 Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management Excellence Awards

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018

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).

Youth from City of Norfolk Summer Camp Make Special Trip to AIM Chesapeake

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018

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.”

AIM and SONIC Tool’s August Graduate of the Month

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018

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.

U.S. Congresswoman Visits Aviation Maintenance School to Discuss Training Options for Transitioning Military Servicemembers

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018

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.

Aviation Maintenance Training School Moves to New California Location

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018

Aviation Institute of Maintenance, formerly operating out of Oakland, has relocated to a new facility based in Fremont, CA. Move provides opportunity to grow student population and offers improved training amenities.

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) has relocated from its original campus in Oakland, CA to a new facility in Fremont, CA.

Opened in 2010, AIM’s Oakland campus was located at the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, and consisted of three buildings, totaling 31,200 square feet, with an additional 8,800 square feet of aircraft ramp space. With the increase of its student body, the campus’s facilities were at a capacity and a move was necessary in order to grow the school further.

“While being at capacity is a good problem to have, we are extremely excited to move to our new location,” says Josh Smith, Campus Executive Director of AIM Fremont. “The relocation from Oakland to Fremont is an opportunity for us to expand, with a larger and more modern facility,”

The new Fremont campus is housed in a facility of approximately 65,000 square feet. The school boasts 48,000 square feet of hangar space, with an additional 17,000 square footage of office and classroom space. The school’s equipment includes multi-engine and single-engine aircraft, airframes, turbine and piston engines and specially designed training aides. There are 21 classrooms, multiple indoor and outdoor student break areas, including private study rooms.

AIM’s new facility includes a PSI FAA testing center, a Learning Resource System, and 3 computer labs.

The campus will be holding an official ribbon cutting ceremony on September 19, 2018. More details on that event will be released at a later date.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Fremont campus is located at 420 Whitney Place, Fremont CA 94539.  For more information call the campus at (510) 553-9600.

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.