CTE Opportunities Grow for Keller ISD Students with New TCC Aviation Center
Thanks to Tarrant County College, Keller ISD students in the Aircraft Maintenance program now have access to hands-on experiences at a state-of-the-art facility at Alliance Airport.
The TCC Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics offers courses taught by professors with direct experience in these professions.
The new TCC Aviation Center, located at 2301 Horizon Drive in Fort Worth, is a short 15-minute drive for Central High School senior Dallas Crow, who is able to participate in the program during his 7th, 8th and 9th periods Monday through Thursday.
“Transportation was a burden on our students in the past program,” said Casey Stone, Keller ISD Director of CTE, Innovation and Virtual Learning. “It is much easier for our students to set aside time in their school schedules for this exceptional opportunity since KISD schools are so close to Alliance Airport.”
A total of nine students from three of Keller ISD’s high schools are part of this program. Crow’s goal is to complete his Airframe and Power plant Certification after he graduates high school in 2015. Through this partnership with TCC, Keller ISD students are able to be six months ahead in the two-year program by the time they receive their high school diploma.
Crow plans to go into the maintenance field and work while he attends Texas A&M University to major in engineering and eventually get his pilot’s license.
In addition to the convenient location, the Aviation Center provides students access to the latest, most advanced equipment and technology.
“The aircraft hangar is directly under the classroom and the runway is right out back,” Crow said. “We get to see planes take off and land and work on decommissioned planes instead of replicas or models.”
Crow is also earning two high school credits in addition to the college credit hours toward his certification.
“This is a great opportunity,” he said. “You can do this in two years, have an actual career right away and still put yourself through college.”