Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S06-05. Promoting Aviation Career Education in High Schools and Community Colleges

Some airports and industrial aviation concerns are becoming involved in the promotion of special schools or curricula to prepare high school or community college students for careers in aviation (flying, maintenance, operations, ATC, manufacturing). An example cited in ACRP Synthesis 79 is the aviation academy at Lake City Gateway Airport in Lake City, FL. Research is needed to collect examples of such programs and explore the many opportunities that airports have to contribute to the next generation of aviation professionals. A concise report will be generated that summarizes the results of the literature review and survey/interview results. The report will include current practices for promoting aviation career opportunities at high schools, community colleges, and airports. The topics to be explored in the report include, but are not limited to: Airport/community college/high school relationship(s), Program size, Funding sources, including grants and scholarships, Partnerships, Program promotion, Development strategies and building community, Curriculum development, Educational outcomes (e.g., pilot certificate, ATC, college credit, CTE completion), Barriers/challenges, Identification of program need and champion, Post-graduation careers/tracking and pathways, Impact of outside influences, Visibility of opportunities, and Work-based learning. The following aviation functional areas should be considered in the report: Flight training, Maintenance, ATC, Aerospace engineering, UAS, Manufacturing, Logistics, Cargo operations, Airport operations/management, Aircraft dispatch, and Avionics. At a minimum, the following tasks will be completed to develop the report: Literature review, Interviews/survey, Synthesis of current industry practice based on interviews/survey, and Document specific examples of programs. The report should include examples of programs and activities at high schools, community colleges, and airports. In addition, the report should provide examples of established aviation education programs that may available to high schools, community colleges, and airports.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S06-05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Helms, Thomas

  • Start Date: 20190318
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659872
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S06-05
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2018 3:03PM