Press Release Article


Date: Jun 27, 2001
Press Release Number: 94-2001

The first 24 students of the Aviation High School Annex at John F. Kennedy International Airport were honored during the graduation ceremony at the school’s main campus. The students, the first to complete a specialized program supported by the Port Authority and the airline industry, received specialized training that qualifies them as certified aircraft mechanics.
“This class has proven the newly opened Aviation High School Annex to be a rousing success,” said William R. DeCota, Director of Aviation for the Port Authority. “The first-class training these graduates received is a fine example of what can be achieved when public agencies and private organizations work together for the betterment of communities.”

Borough President Claire Shulman said, “These 24 graduates have helped to write history in the first year of the new millennium. Their graduation is proof positive of the success of the combined public-private effort to provide training for future careers in a field that is of vital importance to our local economy. Congratulations to the class of 2001.”

During the just-completed academic year, the students attended classes at a new 5,000 square-foot, $800,000 training facility at JFK, gaining hands-on experience working on state-of-the-art aircraft technology. The annex was developed by the Port Authority and members of the aviation industry.

Upon completing the school’s regular four-year program, these top students were given the opportunity to spend an extra year at the annex, where they worked on aircraft systems, some of which were unavailable at the main campus. Students also were able to pursue internships with several of the participating airlines, which include United, Delta, and JetBlue.

“The Aviation High School Annex would not have been possible without the help of the Borough President Claire Schulman, Congressman Gregory Meeks, the Port Authority and participating airline and private sector businesses,” said Eileen Taylor, Principal of Aviation High School. “Our school and the students who will benefit will always be grateful. We hope the annex will be a model for school-to-career programs throughout the country.”

Organizations participating in the program include United Airlines, Graf & Lewent Architects, Ove Arup Engineers, Morse Diesel Construction Management Services, KeySpan Energy Solutions, Brooklyn Union Gas, the JFK Chamber of Commerce and other members of the airport community.

Aviation High School is a fully accredited New York City public school. For 63 years the school has worked in partnership with the aviation industry to prepare students for careers in aviation. Many successful graduates now work at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Newark International airports.

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