Date: May 14, 2001
Press Release Number: 73-2001
More than 4,000 spirited students, ages 9 through 16, will explore career opportunities in the aviation industry at simultaneous \"Career Day\" events, each taking place over two days at John F. Kennedy and Newark International Airports. The events will be held this Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th.
\"Our annual Career Day programs provide an entertaining way to give school children from the communities surrounding the airports a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the wide variety of jobs in the aviation industry,\" said William DeCota, Director of Aviation for the Port Authority. \"We hope that these events will inspire some of them to pursue rewarding careers in this growing field.\"
The events will feature art and essay contests, workshops, tours, games and exhibits highlighting the broad range of aviation-related careers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture beagles - the nations frontline defense in the war against foot and mouth disease - and Port Authority police dogs will make guest appearances. Winners of the art and essay contests will receive valuable prizes donated by participating airlines and airport vendors.
Among the career opportunities the youngsters will be able to explore are those in the fields of aerospace and electrical engineering, cargo transportation, aircraft maintenance and law enforcement, and food service.
Reporters who want to attend these events should note the following times and locations:
The Newark Airport Aviation and Career Expo will take place between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Activities will be staged at the Federal Express Building (Building 79), Terminals A and B and Hangar 56.
The Kennedy Airport Career Day Program will take place between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Airport Building 208. Trailblazers will be posted to guide visitors to the building\'s location.
The Port Authority sponsors these events in cooperation with local school districts, the airlines, airport tenants and the Federal Aviation Administration.