Vienna High School starts aviation program

VIENNA, Ill. (KBSI) – Vienna High School started an aviation pipeline program.

This is in partnership with the Southern Illinois University School of Aviation.

The program is under the direction of instructor Wade Stewart.

The partnership allows Vienna students to take courses that have been aligned with the SIU program.

AVT112, which is aircraft electricity, and AVT111, which is materials processing, are both taught at Vienna.

Through a signed agreement between Vienna and SIU

Students who successfully complete these courses while in high school are then eligible to take proficiency exams in order to earn SIU credits and get a jump start on the completion of the aviation degree programs at SIU’s School of Aviation.

Maintenance workers, pilots, and various other careers are in high demand in the aviation field.

Vienna also partnered with other area schools and agencies and participated in SIUC’s automotive and aviation day over the last few years.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, September 22.

“Each time that we are able to give students the opportunity to connect to meaningful, high wage, high demand career opportunities it is a win,” said Vienna Superintendent Joshua Stafford. “SIUC’s aviation program is outstanding and known around the world for its successful outcomes. We are pleased that Vienna students are able to take advantage of the accelerated course options and that regionally high school students are able to participate in the SIU automotive and aviation day each year.”

Visit to learn more about the career connection work at Vienna.

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