Mobile, Ala. (WALA) – A new program is taking ‘flight’ at B.C. Rain High School and students are soaring to new heights. It’s called the Aerospace and Aviation Academy. It is one of several academies school system-wide.
Students in grades 9-12 are getting hands-on experience in brand new facilities including a new multi-purpose hangar/classroom building.
“It’s fun. It also helps me reach my goal. I want to be an aeronautical engineer when I grow up,” said junior Aldrishon Jones.
It is that type of enthusiasm B.C. Rain High School students have for the Aerospace and Aviation Academy.
“I plan on working at Airbus at Brookley Field to help me learn even more,” said Jones.
With new opportunities on the horizon, like the A-320 rolling out in the next few years, right here in Mobile, students are gearing up and taking off in the field of aviation. Aerospace instructor Don Jones said the basics are important.
“It’s something that the business world, the aerospace world, says ok, here’s something you need to figure out what to do,” said Jones.
“Our academy is very special. It is our signature. No other high school in Mobile County will be able to offer this particular academy,” said Kristy July, the school’s academy specialist.
“Our students are getting exposure to the workforce or career field of aviation and aerospace with two pathways in our academy. The first pathway is aviation for our students that are interested in building, repairing, or building aircraft. The other pathway is our aerospace engineering pathway for students that are interested in designing aircraft,” said July.
No matter which route students take in the academy, they will have the tools they need to learn.
“They love it. This gives them a new perspective. Something they’ve never considered as an opportunity for themselves as maybe a career field or choice. Our aviation students love to be able to work with tools and build planes and they’re excited about our airplane that we have for them to take apart and put back together and our engineering students love working with the software that aerospace engineers use. I love to see our students grow from their 10th grade year to their senior year. That gives me great joy to see when they walk across that stage that they feel confident that they’ll be successful in whatever they decide to do upon graduation,” said July.
If your student is interested in a career in education, healthcare, aviation/aerospace or manufacturing/industry/technology, you can find out more about the Signature Academy programs by clicking here.