Students will be soaring towards new opportunities with Sandwich Secondary School’s up-and-coming aviation program.
With the intent to develop a sustainable program that shows students the potential opportunities in an aviation career path, this program is the first of its kind in our area. Sandwich teacher and private pilot, Rob Jasey has been working on the curriculum for the program, which will include aviation history, space, available careers, and more – including hopes of partnering up with more organizations for cooperative education opportunities.
The classroom will feature two flight simulators – with hopes of more on the way. Jasey said he’s been getting full support from the Greater Essex County District School Board and funding from the Ministry of Education The classroom will feature two flight simulators – with hopes of more on the way. Jasey said he’s been getting full support from the Greater Essex County District School Board for the Specialist High Skills Major Program.
Jacey said there has been a lot of interest among the students as well as parents and other teachers.
Being a pilot himself, Jacey knows about the gaps in the aviation world that need to be filled from experience.
“I find a lot of kids go through high school and they have a lot of traditional thought about what they’re going to do when they grow up,” said Jacey. “Now we can open a different opportunity for them, and give them a start in a service that has multiple paths.”
Jake Oliver, a Grade 11 student at Sandwich has started a co-op placement at the Windsor International Airport with the help of Sandwich Secondary’s Aviation program. Oliver now gets to work around the planes he hopes to one day fly.
“When you fly you feel free of all the world’s problems. It’s nothing but you and the aircraft.,” said Oliver. “I want to be an airline pilot so when I found out about the program, I freaked out and did everything I could to become a part of it immediately… I think one of the upsides of this for me, is getting to take a co-op placement this year because of the program, with the airport. Aviation is everything to me, and this placement is everything I’ve always dreamed of – being able to work with airplanes every day.”
The program is planned to officially launch next fall.