Students enrolling in B.C. Rain High School’s soon-to-open Aviation and Aerospace Academy now have their first airplane to work on.
Enterprise State Community College has donated to the high school a Cessna 150 airplane.
“This is going to be one of the focal points of the program, for the students to be able to work hands-on with a real airplane,” said Steve Boykin, supervisor of agriculture and technical education for the Mobile County Public School System.
The Cessna 150 is a two-seat tricycle gear plane that was widely popular especially as it was built from the late 1950’s to the late 1970’s.
This plane is temporarily being housed at Bryant Career Technical Center in Irvington while construction is completed this fall on B.C. Rain’s new Aerospace Training Facility.
School officials are thankful to receive the plane from Enterprise State Community College, which has been a partner in establishing the academy. The academy will use Enterprise State’s curriculum.
B.C. Rain is one of four Mobile County public high schools that will open Signature Academies when students return to class on Aug. 19.
“The Signature Academies offer an unprecedented opportunity for all of our students to begin their career paths while still in high school,” said Larry Mouton, executive director of career-technical education for Mobile County Public Schools.
Students in the Aviation and Aerospace Academy “will have an opportunity to work on real airplanes and engage in the same activities that skilled workers use in order to manufacture and repair airplanes at Airbus and ST Aerospace,” Mouton added.
There are still limited slots available for enrollment in the aviation academy at B.C. Rain. Students from anywhere in Mobile County who are sophomores and have at least a 2.0 grade point average can apply.
“Careers in aviation and aerospace are becoming part of the landscape of the Mobile region,” Mouton said. The Signature Academy at B.C. Rain as well as aviation programs at the county’s two career-technical schools, Bryant and Faulkner, can prepare students for a bright future in the field.
Academy students will participate in hands-on activities and internships. Through dual enrollment, they’ll be able to earn college credit to either apply toward an associate degree at the Alabama Aviation Center or toward a four-year degree.
It’s part of the Mobile County school system’s establishment of Signature Academies in each of its 12 high schools. Besides B.C. Rain, Blount is opening a health care academy in 2013-2014, Citronelle High an industry and manufacturing academy, and Mary G. Montgomery a teaching academy. The school system plans to have Signature Academies at five additional high schools during the 2014-15 school year.
The new $1.6 million, 15,500-square foot Aerospace Training Facility at B.C. Rain will feature a main shop area, training rooms with Smartboards, a large mezzanine storage area and an overhead monorail crane.
Aviation has been a hot topic in Mobile, as the industry is expanding quickly here with the arrival of Airbus.
Airbus broke ground this spring on a new $600 million plant at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex, which will be the company’s first U.S. assembly line. The plant – where about 40-50 of the company’s A320 aircraft will be assembled annually – is expected to employ about 1,000 people directly and attract thousands of jobs through suppliers.
Comments on "Enterprise State donates airplane to B.C. Rain's Aviation Academy"
Mobile County Schools has been needing this type industry driven, technical, hands-on training for years. Having the airplane for the students to actually see and work on will be a Game Changer! They can visualize where they are headed and what a career in the aeronautics field will involve.