WMU News

Aviation holds open house for prospective students

Oct. 1, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's aviation education facilities, from flight simulation labs to aircraft maintenance areas, will be on display Saturday, Oct. 9, as the University's College of Aviation hosts an open house for prospective students.

The college's facilities, located at Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Airport, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours will be conducted and faculty members will be available to answer questions. The event is designed for high school juniors and seniors as well as community college students interested in investigating aviation education and career opportunities.

"This is a great chance for prospective students to get a close-up look at the aircraft we use and the wonderful facilities we have for training," says Tony Dennis, student services coordinator for the college.

Those attending will have an opportunity to meet members of the faculty and staff as well as student aviators. Also on hand will be representatives from the Air National Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, and WMU's Military Science Program.

Visitors will be able to tour the Flight Operations Building, which includes the flight dispatch area and the Aviation Education Building, which includes classrooms, computer laboratories, a library and a sophisticated flight simulation lab. Tours also will include the Aviation Maintenance Building, which includes maintenance hangars, test cells, classrooms and maintenance education labs. In addition, the college's fleet of 60 aircraft will be on display. It includes single- and multi-engine planes and aerobatic trainers.

The College of Aviation enrolls some 800 students who are pursuing one of three degree options: aviation flight science, aviation maintenance technology, and aviation science and administration.

Persons wishing to attend or those with questions about the event should call (269) 964-6375.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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