Springs Career Technical Education (CTE) students from multiple programs traveled to the Ontario International Airport to learn about career and job opportunities associated with an international airport, reported Maureen Roye, director of Career Internship Technical Education (CITE). She explained, “Like most large airports, ONT is in itself a little city, so there are many opportunities for CTE students to find interesting and successful careers.”
Students began the tour on the airfield tarmac, which allowed them to watch airplanes taking off and landing. They next visited the airport fire station to experience handling specialty equipment, like the Jaws of Life, used for emergencies that may arise on an airfield. Students enjoyed lunch provided by the airport and listened to the airport administrative director describe the jobs available and how to prepare for them.
Students learned which jobs they could have with a high school diploma, and which required post-secondary education or specialty certification. During this discussion, students had the opportunity to ask questions about their career path to better understand a “day in the life” of an airport employee.