This pathway prepares students for postsecondary education and careers in aerospace engineering, aircraft maintenance, airfield operations, air traffic control and avionics. Five pathway courses are offered, including college-level courses in Aviation Fundamentals and Aviation Physics I, as well as three related electives and work-based learning experiences.
Aviation Academy is a unique program developed by District 214 to meet the strong demand for highly qualified aviation professionals and numerous regional opportunities for careers in the aviation industry. The program, which is held at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, recruits District students interested in pursuing a career in aviation and ensures they are highly qualified for aviation positions.
As part of their participation in District 214’s Aviation Pathway, students receive a sequence of aviation-specific courses, dual credit opportunities and external internship experiences. The District partners with Lewis University to offer dual credit courses that allow students to earn both high school and college credit and begin their pathway to certification and a future career in the aviation industry.
Students can achieve certifications in 12 to 18 months and earn an average starting salary of $60,000.
Work Based Learning Experiences in Automotive Service
Student interns have completed a variety of tasks in the Aviation field, including, but not limited to:
- Learning and practicing skills related to the maintenance and repair of aircraft
- Networking with industry professionals, such as crew chiefs and technical staff
- Assist staff with diagnosing and troubleshooting mechanical issues