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Adult Education Students Discover Airport Jobs Careers Soar Beyond Traditional Pilot and Flight Attendant Jobs, Even During Hard Economic Times

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(818) 434-7633 mobile
(661) 253-1059 office April 12, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY

ADULT EDUCATION STUDENTS GAIN HANDS-ON WORK EXPERIENCE AT VAN NUYS AIRPORT DESPITE POOR ECONOMY

WHO: Twenty students enrolled at the North Valley Occupational Center (NVOC) ─ a division of the L.A. Unified School District that provides adults affordable technical and career training ─ will gain hands-on work experience shadowing Van Nuys Airport employees engaged in a wide variety of trade and professional occupations, ranging from aircraft mechanic to accountant. The Job Shadow Day event is aimed at demonstrating the career opportunities available at airports besides the traditional roles of pilot and flight attendant.

WHAT: Promoting job creation: Despite the reported sharp decline in the number of operations at Van Nuys Airport over the past decade, the non-profit Van Nuys Airport Association─a tenant organization dedicated to preserving aviation jobs and businesses─ is hosting the event to increase awareness of occupations not typically associated with airports such as office support, computer applications, graphic/web design, sales and catering, and hotel administration.

Training the future workforce: This event comes at a time when the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a future shortage of trained aircraft mechanics, even with the nation’s high unemployment rate. Virtually 100 percent of students who complete the requirements for NVOC’s two-year airframe and power plant mechanics training program find jobs. However, proposed cuts to California’s adult education budget may curtail the school’s funding and students’ ability to train for high-skilled, high-paying positions. Excellent interview and photo opportunities available on request.

WHEN/WHERE

Van Nuys Airport, Thursday, April 14, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. L.A. City Councilmember Tony Cárdenas greets students and mentors
Maguire Aviation, 7155 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, 91406

8:30 a.m. to Students gain hands-on work experience at the following locations: Aerolease
Noon Associates, Airtel Plaza Hotel, Clay Lacy Aviation, Elite Aviation, Maguire Aviation, Pentastar Aviation, Van Nuys Airport Public Relations, Van Nuys Airport Airfield Operations, Office of Councilmember Tony Cárdenas

12:30 p.m. Lunch with presentation by legendary aviator, entrepreneur and National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Clay Lacy
Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, 91406

CONTACT: Stacy Geere at (661) 253-1059 or (818) 434-7633
For more about Van Nuys Airport Association, visit www.thevnaa.org