WMU Alumni Mitchell Patterson in a corporate aircraft

Pride and Passion: Mitchell Patterson Aviation Technician Extraordinaire

Following his 2009 graduation from Kalamazoo Christian High School, Patterson didn't have very far to soar to realize his goal. By 2018, he had completed degree work at the Western Michigan University College of Aviation with a major in aviation maintenance technology and a minor in business management. He prepped for his current post by working at Duncan Aviation as an airframe technician, first as a summer intern, then part-time as he completed his degree, and even full-time upon graduation.

WMU Aviation Alumni Jonathan Miller, pilot for Southwest Airlines

The Migration of Jonathan Miller - A SouthWestern Journey to Success

Commuting to a job is a reality for many American employees, but only a pilot would agree to an Orlando-to-Billings junket to get to work. That's what Jonathan Miller did as part of reaching his goal to become a commercial pilot. Timing is said to be everything, but that dimension wasn't working at all for Miller when he graduated from the Western Michigan University College of Aviation with degree in aviation flight science in 2008.

WMU International Student - Tommy Pagawak

Missionary Magic – Tommy Pagawak’s Path from New Guinea to WMU

International student, Tommy Pagawak, found his way to Western Michigan University through a chance encounter. Always passionate about aviation, Pagawak's knew nothing about WMU until he ran into a Western Michigan University College of Aviation alumni. This happenstance experience would change Pagawak's life journey, propelling him all the way from Papua, New Guinea to Kalamazoo, MI.