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

    • Mitigating Your Company’s Cybersecurity Risk

      Frequently, I encounter people who think that a software developer understands all languages and can “fix” anything tech related. While that may be true for a few, areas of expertise within tech evolve as rapidly as the technology itself. For instance, there was a time (not long ago) when operating in the cloud was revolutionary. Today, it is considered best practices for some or all of an organization to function within a cloud. Managed information technology began with...

    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

    • (photo courtesy of the town of Plainfield)

      Plainfield Breaks Ground on Parking Structure

      The first piece of a redevelopment plan for downtown Plainfield is underway. City and community leaders have broken ground on the new Downtown Plainfield Parking Structure, which is expected to be complete in the late summer or early fall of 2020.

    • Tony Bates previously worked for companies including Skype, Microsoft and Cisco.

      Genesys Names New CEO

      California-based Genesys has selected former Skype CEO Tony Bates as its new chief executive officer. The company, which employs more than 800 in Indianapolis, says Bates' predecessor, Paul Segre, will continue as chairman.

    • The Waterside project aims to transform 100-acres of the former GM Stamping Plant site. (photo courtesy of Ambrose Property Group)

      Ambrose, Glick Partner on Waterside

      Indianapolis-based Ambrose Property Group has announced a key partnership for the redevelopment of the former GM Stamping Plant in downtown Indianapolis. The commercial real estate firm is teaming up with the Gene B. Glick Co. to build and manage apartments as part of the $1.4 billion mixed-use redevelopment project. Ambrose says the partnership is also part of plans to catalyze "philanthropic and community-centric strategies to strengthen Indianapolis." The firm also...

    • (photo courtesy Dax Norton)

      Whitestown Tops Indiana's Fastest-Growing Communities

      The Indiana Business Research Center at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business says Whitestown in Boone County is Indiana's fastest-growing community for the eighth consecutive year. The center says the town's population nearly tripled, from 3,132 in 2010 to 8,627 last year. Westfield in Hamilton County is not far behind. Its population grew 5.2 percent in 2018, according to information reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Other communities on the list include...

    • I-65 INDOT construction map

      I-65 Construction Update

      Construction work is scheduled to start next week on I-65 near downtown Indianapolis. Indiana Department of Transportation crews will begin to clean up the interstates after two years of freeze/thaw cycles. Crews will be working in segments, including patching and repaving work. INDOT crews will begin work in earnest on northbound and southbound in segments, beginning on weekend nights from April 26 through August.