Written by Drew Schnaath, Jul DeGeus and Esperanza Poquiz
Faculty and staff from The Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech met with colleagues and industry specialists to enrich themselves, their campuses, and become better community leaders and more effective educators. On March 14th, leadership and instructors converged in Falls Church, VA to attend the annual Education Conference.
Left to right: Vice President Joel English, Damon Cook, Vice President Mike Busjahn and Nate Wade.
“This year’s theme centered around the intersection of education and community, how our schools work together with their respective communities,” said Dr. Mary Urbanski. “We believe in cultivating our school families, the greater communities surrounding our schools, and our faculty.” These relationships foster collaboration, integrity, and innovation, which benefits students, employers and the communities involved:
Centura Columbia hosted a three part Rock that Interview series of events, leading up to their Career Fair. The sessions educated those who attended on the following subjects: Writing your cover letter, creating your resume, collecting references and building your portfolio.
AIM Atlanta, AIM Chesapeake and AIM Manassas ‘drifted’ from aviation maintenance to automotive, as each campus hosted a Car Show & Open House. Automotive enthusiast learned a thing or two touring the hangars, while Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) admired the maintenance and upgrades of the vehicles that cruised onto the campus.
In September, members of the Hampton Roads campus branches partook in the organization and volunteering of the Safe House Half Marathon and 5k. 100% of the proceeds of this race went towards building a “safe house”- a haven for orphans that are at risk of being sold into sex slavery.
Centura Norfolk partnered with the City of Norfolk’s Fire-Rescue Department to develop an academic preparation training program for new recruits of the Fire-Rescue Academy. This free of charge program aims to help refresh the basic knowledge a participant will need to be successful in the Fire-Rescue Academy, as well as provides additional tutoring to ensure each recruit has the tools they need to succeed.
Tidewater Tech connected with the community’s strong military presence by holding a car wash and yard sale to benefit the crew members of the USS Eisenhower. Chief Petty Officer selectees from the vessel worked alongside Tidewater Teach staff members to make sure that every car that came for a wash was in ship shape!
For Christmas, AIM Indianapolis decked the halls with charity organizations, Bearded Villains and Bad Apple Offroad, to collect gifts for Toys for Tots. The holiday event gave families the chance to come to the campus and enjoy food, music and fun, while raising donations for a great cause!
Conference attendees heard from several well-known speakers, including Dr. Michael E. Wooten from the Department of Education, Cindy Bridges Milford, Enterprise Digital Specialist at Cengage and Dale Dworak, a 25-year industry veteran in business technology solutions. Campus educators were also able to learn from text book publishers such as Cengage, McGraw Hill Education, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Pearson and F.A. Davis Company. Each speaker offered valuable insight into their experiences in education, business, leadership, management, and even the technology that powers these institutions and ideas.
In addition to the veritable wealth of information, our faculty had the chance to meet and network with colleagues from our other brands and campuses. Jon Cason explained “Our goal is to foster community, both inside and outside our organization. Collaboration is important for our schools as they continue to grow.”
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance and Fulcrum’s Personalized, Adaptive Learning Platform Earns Cool Tool Status, Helping to Shape the Future of Learning.
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and Fulcrum Labs, a leader in personalized, adaptive learning technology and predictive analytics, won EdTech Digest’s prestigious Cool Tool Award in the category of Best Professional Skills Solution. These awards represent the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech.
The award was presented to AIM and Fulcrum Labs for their collaboration in creating AIM’s successful Professional Aviation Maintenance Certification (PAMC) course – an online test-prep program powered by Fulcrum’s proprietary AI-driven adaptive learning platform to prepare AIM students for the high-stakes FAA mechanic certification exams. The award-winning entry highlighted key metrics such as a 14-percent improvement in pass rates and a dramatic 25-percent increase in student exam participation, once again, validating Fulcrum’s mission to turn learners into confident subject matters.
“Our program is two years long, and students were often struggling to retain what they learned at the beginning of their coursework. PAMC has helped our students as both a confidence booster and to solidify mastery and application of the material prior to taking the FAA exams,” said Dr. Joel English, VP of AIM. “It has resulted in a higher rate of exam participation and an increase in exam pass rates from 79-percent to 90-percent.”
“The FAA Aircraft Mechanic Certifications are truly make or break exams for these students,” said Patrick Weir, CEO of Fulcrum Labs. “Students who pass have greater opportunities for career advancement and are poised to make as much as $80,000 more per year than their peers who don’t pass. By giving these students the tools and confidence to be more successful, we’re making a real impact in their lives and futures, which continues to validate the tremendous, measurable results that adaptive learning is providing in learning and development at large.
The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.
“We celebrate who’s who and what’s next in edtech,” said Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, oversees the awards program. “The innovators, leaders, and trendsetters represented here are dauntless, dedicated, and determined in their work.”
About Fulcrum Labs
Fulcrum Labs turns students into learners and learners into confident subject matter masters through its personalized, adaptive learning and predictive analytics (PALPA™) SaaS platform. This advanced learning platform leverages AI and machine learning to replicate and scale many of the benefits of a dedicated, one-on-one tutor, while verifying mastery and predicting those who are at risk of not applying the training. Fulcrum’s customers have seen tremendous results in markets including commercial aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, certification prep and higher education. For more information on Fulcrum Labs, please visit the-fulcrum.com.
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.
AIM Houston Hawks receive 1st Place AMT School at AMC, April 12, 2018, in Orlando Fl.
AIM Houston Hawks earned the title of first place overall in the AMT school category, with the fastest time in the Atheer AiR & American Airlines Augmented Reality Pedestal events, while AIM Dallas placed first in the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan Engine event.
AIM Dallas receiving first place from Pratt & Whitney.
Other events included: JetBlue University ADS-B Troubleshooting, Aerospace Maintenance Competition Safety Wiring, Boeing Fiber Optics, Alaska Airlines External Power Receptacle Event, FedEx Express Turbine Engine and many more.
AIM Dallas team members working diligently during a Boeing event.
The AIM Dallas team was coached by Kyle Schwartz and team members included: Julian Barrera, Oscar Castillo, Nolan Glahn, John Le and Jordan Oneal. AIM Houston Hawks, Joshua Borel, Jonathan Davis, Cordero Garcia, Brandon LaMora and Fernando Viertons, were coached by Michael Riccardelli.
Congratulations, AIM Dallas and AIM Houston!
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.
Congratulations is in order as the Aviation Institute of Maintenance and Fulcrum Labs who have won the 2017 Brandon Hall Group Silver award for excellence in the Best Results of a Learning Program category, presented to Debbie Wiggins, Director of External Affairs for Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Mark Holloway, Corporate Director of Aviation for Aviation Institute of Maintenance.
Debbie Wiggins, Director of External Affairs for Aviation Institute of Maintenance
The award entries were evaluated by a panel of independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts, and were judged on the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measureable benefits.
“Excellence Award winners symbolize the power and impact that Human Capital Management practices can have on a business or on any organization,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “Many organizations can have great HCM initiatives, but the standard of excellence only applies for organizations whose HCM practices truly benefit the business. That’s what the Excellence Awards program stands for, and that is what Brandon Hall Group stands for.”
Mark Holloway, Corporate Director of Aviation for Aviation Institute of Maintenance
AIM chose to create this online test course with Fulcrum Labs because they present students with adaptive, personalized learning technology that is designed to increase application of knowledge of LMS/HRMS.
“Leveraging the Fulcrum Labs technology to deliver this program has been great for our business, but more importantly, it has been incredibly impactful for our students, who now have greater confidence and a better chance of passing these critical exams,” said Joel English, VP of Aviation Institute of Maintenance.
The course has helped prepare AIM students, as well as countless military and civilian aircraft maintainers, for FAA certification. As a result of this program, we increased our student pass rates from 79 percent to 90 percent.
SONIC Tools and Aviation Institute of Maintenance announced today a partnership that provides AIM students with professional, precision-crafted hand tools and provides SONIC an outlet to positively influence rising aviation technicians.
The focus of the partnership will be providing practical solutions for the best aspiring aviation technicians in the country, while reducing student debt. With the partnership, SONIC Tools becomes the exclusive Tool Supplier for all 11 AIM campuses nationwide.
In addition to supplying equipment and being fully integrated into the AIM programs, SONIC has designed and manufactured an aviation-specific toolbox and tools for students and professional aviation technicians alike. The SONIC Aviation A&P Kit is the centerpiece of the partnership and will be available to purchase both at www.sonictoolsusa.com and directly at all AIM campuses throughout the country.
“The toolkit that SONIC Tools put together for our graduates is rugged, guaranteed for life, and safely housed in a beautiful shadowbox that is ready for the professional aviation hangar,” said Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations at AIM. “We’ve heard back from our graduates who are working in the field that some of their supervisors are actually jealous of the tools the grads brought with them onto the job.”
“Our partnership with AIM is one that should leave a lasting impression on any new technician graduating from an AIM campus. With a completed education, FAA certification, and tools to go to work, AIM graduates have the golden ticket to securing a job,” said Colby McConnell, President at SONIC Tools. “We have built a finance plan to work for each graduate that allows them to start their job with the right tools and little debt to get their careers started.”
The SONIC Aviation A&P Kit is sold at reduced pricing to AIM students, creating a specific solution for aviation technicians at an affordable price. In addition, financing is provided to all AIM students, allowing for immediate purchase after graduation. English stated, “Because of SONIC’s commitment to affordable student pricing and a generous financing plan for graduates, we’ve seen students graduate our program on a Friday, purchase a SONIC box, and be turning those wrenches at an airline the following Monday.”
The development of SONIC’s Aviation A&P Kit is important to hopeful and current aviation technicians, allowing graduates to enter the workforce with both the knowledge and skills they have gained from AIM, and the exact equipment required to excel in aviation maintenance and related fields.
AIM students will additionally receive discounts on all SONIC equipment during their enrollment, helping them better prepare for the future. SONIC and AIM will continue to develop curriculum-based tool kits and innovative ways to enhance student experience moving forward.
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.