WMU News

Careers in aviation is focus of summer camp

June 12, 2000

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- A week-long aviation camp for area teens June 18-23 will draw 27 students to Western Michigan University's College of Aviation and get them thinking about the prospects of pursuing a career in the aviation industry.

WMU, in conjunction with Battle Creek Unlimited and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, will act as host to the camp, which is targeted at students aged 14 to 18. Those attending will stay on campus and use the college's state-of-the-art aviation education facilities at Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Airport.

While the majority of those attending are from the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas, there are students coming from Detroit, Texas and North Carolina to take advantage of the opportunity.

According to Beth Seiler, WMU's aviation education coordinator, students will fly both simulators and actual aircraft and they will attend lectures on aerodynamics, the parts of an airplane, flight maneuvers, navigation, aviation regulations and meteorology. They also will hear about careers in the aviation industry from a variety of speakers and will tour companies involved in the industry. In addition, students will have an opportunity to meet with cadets training at WMU's International Pilot Training Centre, learn about pilot jargon and tour the Kalamazoo AirZoo.

Seiler says one focus of the camp is to increase awareness of aviation careers among groups of people who are not currently well represented in the industry. Those include women and minorities. The entire camp, however, was open to all students who could bring diversity to the field of aviation.

More information about the camp also can be obtained by calling Seiler at (616) 964-4579.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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