Indy School District, AAR Partner on Direct Hire Program

Posted: Updated:
Chris Duzenbery is the director of college and career readiness for the district. Chris Duzenbery is the director of college and career readiness for the district.
INDIANAPOLIS -

The Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indianapolis has unveiled a new partnership with Illinois-based aviation services provider AAR Corp. (NYSE: AIR). The partners have launched the Direct Hire Aviation Maintenance Education program to benefit students seeking a career in aviation maintenance after graduation. The program will provide hands-on learning to give students skills and knowledge to help prepare them for the aviation workforce. 

Chris Duzenbery, director of college and career readiness for the district, tells Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman the program benefits both the students and AAR.

"The students benefit by being able to graduate from high school and know that they have a job to go directly into that has an apprenticeship training program built right into it to be a certified aircraft technician at AAR," said Duzenbery. "It will benefit (AAR) as well because they get trained employees that they are able to control at training."

Duzenbery says high school seniors were introduced to the program in March, eight of whom were able to complete the application process and will be hired into AAR's program upon graduation. Additionally, the students will have the opportunity to further their aviation maintenance education through Vincennes University for free through Governor Eric Holcomb's Next Level Jobs Grant.

Vincennes and AAR in January announced a partnership with AAR's EAGLE Career Pathway program. Duzenbery says partnerships like those are important for schools.

"I think that when it comes to having partnership like AAR and Vincennes, you look at what do you have in your own backyard. What's local? What's the demand? Who needs workers and how can they get trained to do the jobs that they have? For us, here in Indianapolis, there are only a couple of us, Wayne Township and Decatur Township, that the airport is literally in our backyard. So when it came to looking for a pipeline of students to be able to be in that employee part of the pipeline, AAR just thought it was very convenient, and so did we, that could actually be those people for them."

Duzenbery says companies like AAR have an immediate need to get employees right into the workforce. She says she hopes that, eventually, there will be a multi-pronged approach to direct hire programs that will appeal to different groups of students.

"We’re very excited about our partnership with Decatur Township, a school district that is known for its innovative approaches and forward-thinking solutions to the changing working world," Ryan Goertzen, vice president of maintenance workforce development at AAR, said in a news release. "Through this partnership, we are not only providing students with a tremendous post-graduation opportunity, but we’re also building a pipeline of talent that can change the trajectory of the aviation maintenance industry."

  • Perspectives

    • What’s Your Biggest Waste of Money?

      Americans are in the age of reducing waste. There’s a big push to purchase sustainable products, reduce our usage of plastics, and recycle. But has this trend carried over to our personal finances?  Not really.  In a study by The Ascent, the financial expertise arm of The Motley Fool, more than 60 percent of respondents felt they have wasteful financial tendencies. Why is that?

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • The IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will now be named for Fred Luddy for his $60M gift. (photo courtesy James Brosher/IU)

      $60M Gift to Fund AI Center

      An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.

    • (Image of downtown Shelbyville courtesy of Mainstreet Shelbyville Inc.)

      Shelbyville Unveils Major Downtown Redevelopment

      The city of Shelbyville is announcing what it calls a major downtown redevelopment project to boost overall quality of life. The project plans feature green spaces, increased parking, market-rate housing, and infrastructure for public entertainment and community events. 

    • (photo courtesy Purdue University)

      Purdue Professor Pleads Guilty to $1.3M Fraud Case

      A Purdue University professor and his wife have pleaded guilty last week to using more than $1 million in federal research funds for their own personal expenses. Federal prosecutors say Qingyou Han of West Lafayette and his wife Lu Shao of Lakewood, Ohio pleaded guilty to a felony wire fraud charge in federal court in Hammond. 

    • POET ethanol co. announced in Aug 2019 it was closing the plant in Cloverdale. (photo courtesy: POET)

      Cloverdale Ethanol Plant Closes

      South Dakota-based POET LLC, the nation’s largest biofuels producer, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its biorefining plant in Cloverdale, leaving 50 Hoosiers without jobs effective Friday. The company tells Inside INdiana Business that it is not making any changes to the plans announced two months ago. 

    • The plant manufactured parts for the assembly of Ball Mason jars and other preserving containers. (photo courtesy WTHR-TV)

      Muncie Manufacturing Plant to Close

      A historic part of Muncie will soon be closing its doors. Our partners at WTHR-TV report New Jersey-based Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) has decided to close its manufacturing facility in the Delaware County city, which produces parts for the assembly of Ball Mason jars.