Vincennes University has announced a partnership designed to serve as a pathway to careers in aviation. The collaboration with the Indianapolis Aviation Career Education Academy and VU’s Aviation Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport involves exposure and training for high school students to positions in maintenance and flight.
In a news release, VU Aviation Technology Director Michael Gehrich says:
We have partnerships with companies such as Republic Airlines and Ameriflight, as well as an internship program with AAR, where our aviation maintenance students can work in the industry while they are completing their training here. Significantly, the ATC is the only school nation-wide to have a co-op program with Fed Ex. All of these partnerships help to ensure the placement of our graduates upon completion of their program. Demand for pilots remains strong and the Aviation Technology Center has experienced 100 percent placement of aviation maintenance graduates for several years, with graduates working for such companies as Rolls-Royce, Triumph Aviation, Textron, United, Comlux, and Muncie Aviation, in addition to Fed Ex, AAR and Republic.
A year ago, VU showcased a $6 million renovation of its Aviation Technology Center, which includes a fully-functional Boeing 737.