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Promoting Aviation Career Education in High Schools and Community Colleges A Synthesis of Airport Practice C. Daniel Prather DPrather aviation SolutionS, llC Riverside, CA a n d California BaPtiSt univerSity Riverside, CA 2019 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation â¢ Administration and Management â¢ Education and Training A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP SYNTHESIS 103
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR ACRP SYNTHESIS 103 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Thomas J. Helms, Jr., Senior Program Officer Stephanie L. Campbell, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 11-03 PANEL Joshua D. Abramson, Easterwood Airport Management, College Station, TX (Chair) Debbie K. Alke, Montana DOT, Helena, MT (retired) Gloria G. Bender, TransSolutions, LLC, Fort Worth, TX David A. Byers, Quadrex Aviation, LLC, Melbourne, FL Traci Clark, Allegheny County Airport Authority, West Mifflin, PA David N. Edwards, Jr., GreenvilleâSpartanburg Airport District, Greer, SC Brenda L. Enos, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO Patrick W. Magnotta, FAA Liaison Matthew J. Griffin, Airports Consultants Council Liaison Liying Gu, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Adam Williams, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison TOPIC S06-05 PANEL Jeffrey D. Borowiec, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX Traci Clark, Allegheny County Airport Authority, West Mifflin, PA Sam Fischer, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL Cindy Hasselbring, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Frederick, MD Mandy Haverdink, Allegheny County Airport Authority â Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, PA William Reinhardt, FAA Liaison Qinya Pang, Airport Industry Liaison AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Senior Associate Thomas Ortiz and Associate Natalie Sourbeck provided support to this project. Mr. Ortiz contributed to the literature review. Mr. Ortiz and Ms. Sourbeck contacted high schools and community colleges for data collection. Mr. Ortiz assisted with data analysis.
ABOUT THE ACRP SYNTHESIS PROGRAM Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and practice. This infor- mation may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowl- edge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD By Thomas J. Helms, Jr. Staff Officer Transportation Research Board The focus of this report is on current practices for attracting high school and community college students to careers in aviation. Similar to what many industries are seeing, the aviation industry is experiencing a labor shortage due, in large part, to the increasing retirement rates of the baby boomer generation. To combat this decrease in the size of its workforce and to ensure that many critical positions are filled in the future, the aviation industry is pursuing partnerships to attract future workers to the many different types of jobs in the aviation industry. This study is based on information acquired through a literature review and survey results from 59 high schools and 61 community colleges from a range of geographic locations. Results of the literature review and survey are presented in this report. Case examples representing different types of existing aviation education programs and partnerships based on interviews are presented in Chapter 5 of the report. Dr. C. Daniel Prather, A.A.E., CAM, synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowl- edge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand.
1 Summary 3 Chapter 1 Introduction 3 Industry Labor Shortage Forecasts 10 Available Aviation Career Paths 11 Role of High Schools and Community Colleges in Preparing Next Generation of Aviation Professionals 13 Summary 14 Chapter 2 Study Methodology 14 Recipients/Participants 14 Survey Methodology 15 Response Rate 16 Chapter 3 Literature Review 16 STEM, STEAM, and AVSED 18 Career Technical Education 19 Evolution of Aviation Education at the High School and Community College Levels 20 Available Aviation Curricula 24 Career Opportunities and Promotion of These Opportunities 25 Increasing Enrollments and Attracting Minorities 28 State of Military Efforts 29 State of NASA Efforts 29 State of Airport Efforts 30 State of Airline Efforts 31 State of AOPA Efforts 31 State of AAAE Efforts 32 State of Experimental Aircraft Association Efforts 32 State of Business Aviation Efforts 34 State of Federal Government Efforts 35 State of FAA Efforts 37 Chapter 4 Survey Results 37 Current Aviation Courses/Programs/Pathways 37 Future Aviation Courses/Programs/Pathways 39 Total Aviation Offerings 41 Current Student Enrollment 42 Curriculum Development 44 Off-the-Shelf Curriculum 44 Airport Partnerships 45 Partnership Benefits 46 Non-airport Partnerships 46 ROTC Programs C O N T E N T S
46 Civil Air Patrol 47 Facilities 48 Future Facilities 48 Contracted Training 50 Funding 50 Outside Influences 51 Development Strategies 51 Political and Financial Support 52 Extra-Curricular Activities 53 Work-Based Learning 55 Manned Flight Training 55 Unmanned Flight Training 57 Student Awareness of Career Paths 57 Credentials, Professional Certifications, Credit 59 College Credits 61 Postgraduate Tracking 61 Aviation or College Path After Graduation 61 Program Promotion to Students 63 Program Promotion to Industry 64 Challenges 66 Advice to Other Programs 67 Advice to Industry 67 Airports with Partnerships 68 Chapter 5 Case Examples 68 Case Example 1: Atlantic County Schools, Atlantic City, NJ 68 Case Example 2: Aviation High School, Long Island, NY 70 Case Example 3: Clearwater High School Aeronautical Space Academy, Clearwater, FL 70 Case Example 4: Corona High School, Corona-Norco USD, CA 70 Case Example 5: Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School, Cleveland, OH 71 Case Example 6: Denbigh High School Aviation Academy, Newport News, VA 71 Case Example 7: McKinney ISD Aviation Program, McKinney, TX 72 Case Example 8: Raisbeck Aviation High School, Tukwila, WA 72 Case Example 9: Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School, Houston ISD, TX 73 Case Example 10: Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, FL 73 Case Example 11: Sisters High School, Sisters, OR 73 Case Example 12: Tampa Bay Regional Aeronautics Academy, Tampa, FL 74 Case Example 13: Wichita Public Schools Aviation Pathway, Wichita, KS 74 Case Example 14: Aims Community College, Greeley, CO 75 Case Example 15: Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely, CO 75 Case Example 16: East Valley Institute of Technology, Mesa, AZ 76 Case Example 17: Aviation Community Foundation, Broomfield, CO 76 Case Example 18: North Texas Aviation Education Initiative, North Texas 76 Case Example 19: Atlanta Airport University, Atlanta, GA 77 Case Example 20: Clark County Department of Aviation Airport Internship, Las Vegas, NV 77 Case Example 21: Erie Regional Airport Authority Airport Internship, Erie, PA 77 Case Example 22: Glacier Park International Airport Internship, Kalispell, MT 78 Case Example 23: Jacksonville Aviation Authority Airport Internship, Jacksonville, FL 78 Case Example 24: Mini Maker Faire, Riverside Municipal Airport, Riverside, CA
79 Chapter 6 Conclusions and Further Research 79 Conclusion 1 79 Conclusion 2 79 Conclusion 3 79 Conclusion 4 80 Conclusion 5 80 Conclusion 6 80 Conclusion 7 80 Conclusion 8 80 Conclusion 9 80 Conclusion 10 81 Conclusion 11 81 Conclusion 12 81 Conclusion 13 81 Conclusion 14 81 Conclusion 15 81 Conclusion 16 81 Conclusion 17 81 Conclusion 18 82 Further Research 83 References 87 Appendix A Actual Survey Comments 107 Appendix B High School Survey Questionnaire 123 Appendix C Community College Survey Questionnaire 139 Appendix D Interview Protocol 140 Appendix E FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Title VI 151 Appendix F AOPA High School STEM Curriculum 155 Notes Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.