Wichita schools announce aviation training

WSU Tech and Textron are also involved

WICHITA, Kan - The Wichita school district has announced plans for a high school aviation program to help students get technical education for work in the aviation industry.  

The district is partnering with WSU Tech and Textron Aviation on a program called Aviation Pathway. The program would allow students to get their high school diploma and technical certificate at graduation, which would give them the immediate opportunity for jobs with aviation companies. 

The program was announced Monday, and in a statement on the USD 259 web site, superintendent Alicia Thompson said it will be "a game-changer for Wichita students and for the aviation community."  Students would take classes at their high schools and at WSU Tech's National Center for Aviation Training.  They would be able to shadow or complete internships with employers during their final year. Students would choose courses in aviation production or aviation maintenance. 

The program will be presented to the Kansas State Department of Education this summer for formal approval.  Full implementation of the program is planned for the 2019-2020 school year. 


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