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AIM Offers Industrial Manufacturing Training at New Charlotte Campus

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

The AIM Charlotte campus offers Industrial Manufacturing Technician program to support the community’s need to fill over 15,000 manufacturing jobs.

man working on jet engine.

Written by Jul DeGeus

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) extended their campus locations to include Charlotte, North Carolina on June 21, 2019, as part of its continued effort to address growing workforce demand for skilled technicians. The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance reported over 15,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in the Charlotte Region since 2013.

AIM is enrolling in an Industrial Manufacturing Technician program to meet the growing demand for skilled technicians. The training provides students with the skills needed to enter the manufacturing and fabrication industry. After completion of the program, graduates can accept entry-level positions as millwrights, industrial maintenance mechanics or machinery workers. Standard job duties include machine assemblage and repair; testing, adjustment and calibration of equipment and the cleaning, lubrication and movement of machinery. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage of a millwright is over $55,200.

The 51,000 square foot facility houses a Learning Resource Center, computer lab and 17 classrooms with audio visual technology installation and is located at 7421 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte NC 28227. Campus Executive Director, Alex Diaz states, “As the Queen City continues its exponential growth, AIM is proud to develop the workforce for current and future needs of the manufacturing industry.”

For more information regarding AIM Charlotte’s Industrial Manufacturing Technician program, please visit www.aviationMaintenance.edu or call (980) 785-0700.

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, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., Dallas, Tx., Houston, Tx., Indianapolis, In., Las Vegas, Nv., Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Ca., Orlando, Fl., Charlotte, Nc., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

AIM Graduate Spotlight: Randi Amos

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

Written by Ginger Ollison, Financial Aid Officer and Jennifer Butler, Assistant Campus Director

Randi Amos walked through the doors of AIM Houston for the first time in August of 2016.  After her tour of the campus, it was time to meet with Financial Aid. She was so nervous, she was visibly shaking. Her Financial Aid Officer, Ms. Ginger Ollison, asked her what was wrong, as Randi was in clear distress. Her response was, “I want to go to school but I know that finances will be the reason I am unable to go because I have no money saved to go to school.”  Ms. Ollison put her at ease and let her know there are many opportunities to help pay for school. From there, they began working with Randi to determine her eligibility.  After completing the financial aid process, Randi learned that not only was she able to go to school, but she was able to afford it. On August 22, 2016, with a smile on her face and her head held high, Randi began her journey, started her first block, and never looked back.

Amidst Randi’s new adventure in returning to school, her mother fell ill and her health deteriorated rapidly.  Although Randi remained strong, her pain was visible.  Staff members recall seeing her in the hallway, but she did not appear to be the same person as when she started; always so full of joy and excitement.  Ms. Ollison asked Randi to come to her office so she could learn how life had been treating Randi.  Confident in the guidance and support Ms. Ollison had always practiced, Randi released her anguish and told Ms. Ollison about her struggles and her mother’s terminal health conditions. Randi expressed that despite her daily challenge to cope, she was determined to finish school.

Sadly, a year later Randi’s mom passed away. Ms. Ollison was determined to support Randi and checked on her progress often. Everyday, Randi found the strength to give a partial smile and insisted she was getting along. It wasn’t until three months before graduation that Ms. Ollison learned Randi was homeless and had been sleeping in her car in a parking lot. With immediate concern, Ms. Ollison reached out to Randi to express that she was willing to work with her to provide any assistance or resources she needed to make it to graduation. Ms. Ollison stressed to Randi that she was not alone; her AIM Houston family was there to support her.

Through losing her only parent, homelessness and other life obstacles, not only did Randi graduate on time, she also passed all her testing and became an FAA Certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic. Randi knew she had accomplished more than she ever dreamed possible and was excited to move to the next phase to make her mom proud. The A&P certified technician decided to venture out to start her new career in Oscoda, Michigan with Kalitta Air. We are very proud of her and know she will accomplish great things.  She beat the odds, focused on her dreams, and became a shining example of true success. Congratulations Randi Amos, we are so proud of you!

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.

Aviation Maintenance School to Showcase Drone Training Program for JROTC Cadets

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019

Aviation Institute of Maintenance exposes JROTC Cadets to key aspects of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry with a focus on drone pilot training.  This course is designed to prepare students to obtain their Remote Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

man operating of flying drone quadrocopter at sunset

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) expands unmanned aerial systems (drone) training to selected JROTC Cadets from the North Carolina and South Carolina metro area. This comes as a response to the growth of aerospace innovation and commercial use of unmanned aircraft in major metropolitan areas across the U.S.

AIM will offer this training to 120 cadets nominated to participate through the JROTC Leadership Summer Sessions program.  This two-week training program will run from June 10, 2019 through June 21, 2019 at Lower Richland High School in Columbia, South Carolina.  The program teaches students the history of unmanned aircraft, their various uses, the development of governmental regulations relating to drone use, and explores future opportunities in this growing field of aviation.  Alex Diaz, Campus Executive Director at Aviation Institute of Maintenance states, “Helping prepare cadets for future careers in aviation with industry leading curriculum is in tune with our mission at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. AIM has been at the forefront of aviation training for over 20 years and we are excited to continue that tradition.”

Specific topics covered in the drone course include airspace classifications, operating requirements, and various flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation. Additional areas of learning include: the effects of weather on drone performance, aircraft loading, emergency procedures, radio communication procedures, drone maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures, and more.

AIM is working with Little Arms Ltd. for the use of their Zephyr drone flight simulator software.  This robust training program will prepare the cadets to take the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) pilot exam, which is required to obtain their FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.  “Learning how to operate unmanned aircraft systems and receiving the FAA 107 certificate places these cadets on the leading edge of the future of aviation,” says Michael Sasso, Director of Education at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. “This also affords students the opportunity to fill the upcoming demand for drone pilots and create jobs for our up and coming young aviators”.

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.

Calvary Revival Church and AIM create a $1 Million Overcomers Scholarship for Hampton Roads Community

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019

In conjunction with Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech, Calvary Revival Church announces a $1 million scholarship fund for students, to be awarded over the next ten years.

Earlier this year, Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) purchased Calvary Revival Church’s former Calvary Christian School campus on East Little Creek Road, where AIM will relocate its Southeast Virginia campus in 2020. Calvary Christian School was an accredited K-12th grade, faith-based, private school founded by Bishop B. Courtney McBath, dedicated to inspiring future educators, doctors, lawyers, and politicians that would eventually leave their homes in Norfolk and surrounding communities to go out and change the world. The two entities have now teamed up to create a scholarship fund for students in the local community.

The $1 Million Overcomers Scholarship Fund will be administered by Calvary Revival Church (CRC) over ten years to help the Norfolk community and the Hampton Roads community at-large pursue career-focused college education and workforce development.  Recipients of the scholarship will pursue training at the AIM, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech campuses and will be supported with job placement services after graduation.

“This scholarship is representative of our church’s heart for Norfolk and people throughout the 757 that are looking for opportunities to improve their quality of life,” said Courtney McBath, Senior Founding Pastor at Calvary Revival Church—an  eclectic, family-oriented ministry dedicated to creating Overcomers out of the broken and empowering its community. In July 2020, CRC plans to celebrate 30 years of ministry and service. It offers services on Saturdays at 6:00 PM and Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 AM at 5833 Poplar Hall Drive in Norfolk, where you can almost always count on being greeted with a “Hey Fam!” and hugs that feel like HOME. Calvary Revival Church, in conjunction with the Foodbank of Eastern Virginia, also serves thousands of Norfolk residents every Friday from their Healthy Foods Pantry located at the church’s 5833 Poplar Hall Drive campus. Our goal since our inception in 1990 has been to expose our community to opportunities for advancement and to remind them of their God-given value and purpose, says McBath, and alumnus of M.I.T.

Over the next decade, hundreds of Norfolk citizens will benefit from the Overcomers Scholarship Fund, and they will go to work at hospitals, airlines, shipyards, and businesses throughout the region.  Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations for the colleges, stated that “this is the first time in our institutional history that we have donated to such a significant scholarship program.”  “The Overcomer Scholarship will reduce or eliminate college debt for the recipients,” said English, “and it will supply skilled tradespeople for open positions throughout Hampton Roads.”

 

About Calvary Revival Church

For more information about Calvary Revival Church, please find them at @CRCNorfolk on all social media platforms or join us online at www.crcglobal.org to learn about ways that you can give back to Hampton Roads through service and scholarship!

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.

About Centura College

Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969.  By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, and skilled trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace.  The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.

About Tidewater Tech

Tidewater Tech is a career training school that specializes in trade vocations including Auto Technician, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Building Maintenance and Repair and Welding.  The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, and job placement assistance.  Learn more at www.tidewatertechtrades.edu.

Fly Norfolk Aerospace Camps Offered Free to 1,400 Norfolk Children

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019

Aviation Institute of Maintenance and the City of Norfolk team up to offer STEM education programs in aviation within Norfolk’s Parks and Recreation summer camp.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and the City of Norfolk, VA have teamed to offer a robust STEM education program throughout Norfolk’s nine-week Parks and Recreation summer camp.  The program’s mission is to reach the 1,400 students who will be participating in summer youth programs, and to provide them with age-appropriate education and career exploration in aerospace.  Dr. Joel English, Vice President of AIM, noted that, “For years, we have been providing programming and support to the city’s outreach to citizens, but never before have we been able to offer STEM programming to so many Norfolk youth within such a wide variety of aviation-related programs.”  Fly Norfolk will offer targeted educational programming in aviation and aerospace to five different age groups.

“I am thrilled to see the pilot program we launched two years ago expand to provide STEM education opportunities to Norfolk scholars of all ages.   It is never too early to think about a child’s future.  These programs will give our youth an opportunity to see all that a career in aviation can offer and better yet, provide our participants a chance to receive their drone certification and get a job before leaving high school,” said Councilwoman Mamie B. Johnson

The Young Flyers program (ages 7-9) will focus on arts and crafts, model airplane assembly and flying, and aircraft identification.  Curriculum for this program was developed within a partnership with NASA and AIM faculty.  The Flying Ace program (ages 10-12) is a one-day career exploration program featuring working aerospace professionals.  Students will have the opportunity to hear about five distinct aviation career pathways directly from practitioners in the field, including an airline pilot, flight attendant, aircraft mechanic, avionics technician, and an astronaut.  Additionally, students will touch and feel aircraft components to understand the functionality of an airplane.  To enrich the curriculum and experience, NASA, PSA Airlines, FedEx, JetBlue, and American Airlines have contributed content, personnel, and support for the program.

For older students, AIM will offer hands-on training that leads to industry-recognized FAA certification.  The Norfolk Navigators program (ages 13-15) is a two-week, hands-on course in aviation engineering and maintenance.  In addition to basic concepts about flight, aerodynamics, and maintenance, students will engage in projects, including fabricating flexible fluid cables, constructing hydraulic tubing, riveting sheet metal, and flying drones.

Fly Norfolk’s hallmark program, the Certified Drone Pilot program is for ages 16 and older, and it leads to a Federal Aviation Administration certification in professional Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operation.  This five-day course is scheduled for August 19-23, and it will prepare students for the FAA certification, provide computer simulation practice, and provide hands-on practice at drone flight at the air field at the Military Aviation Museum.

The Certified Drone Pilot program is highly selective, and AIM is taking applications through July 22 for students who want to be considered for the course.  “Some of the young adults who complete the Certified Drone Pilot may seek careers in the developing fields of drone operation and maintenance,” Dr. English said, “others might pursue careers in aerospace, and all of them will be guided to list their FAA-certification proudly on their resumes to enhance their candidacy for college and careers.”  Only 15 high school students will be chosen for this free certification course, and candidates will be selected through an assessment of the students’ professional and academic goals. Those interested may apply to be part of the course at AviationMaintenance.edu/drone.

The Fly Norfolk program culminates in a Summer Enrichment Carnival at Norfolk Scope on August 19-20, 2019.  The event will feature historic airplanes from the Military Aviation Museum and provide a celebratory environment for STEM education aerospace careers for the city’s youth.  AIM is providing this program at no charge to the city or its residents.

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 is headquartered 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, which are 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, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco, Orlando, and Norfolk. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.