High School Students’ Aviation Career Plans Take Flight at TCC, UNT Camp

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 9, 2017) – High school students will get a jumpstart on careers in aviation next week during the DFW ACE (Aviation Career Education Academy) Camp, which gives high school students interested in aviation and aerospace an introduction to the high-demand industry. The camp will be held June 12-16 and is a partnership of Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas.
 
The camp is open to incoming 11th graders through graduated seniors. Students will fly with an experienced instructor and even co-pilot a small plane; they also will fly drones, build model aircraft, use flight simulators, visit an air traffic control center, learn about the physics that makes flight possible and become familiar with aviation and aerospace education and career paths. The camp is based at the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics—TCC’s training site at Alliance Airport (2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth). At 163,500 square feet, it is the largest aviation education facility in Texas.
 
“There is serious demand for pilots, maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals—and that need will only grow,” said Darrell Irby, chair of TCC’s Aviation Department. “We are proud to partner with UNT to provide affordable, flexible pathways into this high-demand career and start educating the next generation of professionals before they even enroll in college.”
 
To keep up with demand, the aviation industry will need more than 2 million new professionals through 2035—including 617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians and 814,000 cabin crew members, according to the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast.
 
The Hadley Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists and logistics professionals. TCC offers associate degrees and certificates in aviation maintenance technology and airframe maintenance along with professional pilot training. Students learn with professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulf Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines.
 
With the launch of the aviation logistics program in 2010, UNT became the first Texas public college or university to offer a Bachelor of Science in aviation logistics. Since then, the program has given students the education and the experience needed to pursue career opportunities in all facets of aviation. Curriculum focuses on the value of integrating aviation and aerospace activities to move people and cargo. Students also benefit from the strengths of the nationally ranked logistics program at UNT.
 
ACE Camp runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Media are encouraged to attend Wednesday, June 14, or Thursday, June 15, for the best photo opportunities. For more information, visit the UNT website or contact a member of the communications team.
 

TCC Hosts Job Fair in High-Demand Fields of Aviation, Transportation and Logistics

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2017) – Tarrant County College invites job seekers and area employers to the upcoming Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair, set for Thursday, April 20. The event is free and open to students, alumni and the community.
 
Representatives from dozens of companies will be on hand, recruiting for full-time and part-time positions as well as paid internships. Past participants include FedEx, Flight Safety and Lockheed Martin, among others. The event will be held at the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics at Alliance Airport (2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth, Room 1201).
 
“Aviation, transportation and logistics professionals are in high demand, and the need will only grow,” said Michael Lucchesi, Ph.D., director of the Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence. “TCC provides a variety of affordable, flexible pathways into the industry.”
 
Job candidates are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their résumé. Recruitment focuses on candidates with skills specific to the aviation, transportation and logistics industries.
 
The Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists, dispatchers, distribution managers and more. Employment growth is projected in Tarrant County and beyond. The worldwide aviation industry, for example, is expected to need nearly 1.3 million new commercial pilots and maintenance technicians in the next two decades, according to Boeing’s 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast.
 
At 163,500 square feet, the Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence is the largest aviation education facility in Texas. Students learn with professional training equipment, including a fuselage mockup of a G-280 Gulfstream aircraft donated by Gulf Aerospace and aircraft windows donated by Southwest Airlines. Logistics students use a warehouse laboratory with an on-demand warehouse management system. The Aviation and Logistics programs offer a variety of certificates and associate degrees. Visit the College’s website for more information on Aviation and Logistics studies.
 
Employers and job seekers may contact Carmen Wise at carmen.wise@tccd.edu or 817-515-7267 for additional information about the job fair. It is hosted by Northwest Campus Career Services and the Aviation Technology Department.
 

TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE HONORS FEMALE WWII PILOTS

Women Airforce Service Pilots View Restoration of Historical Aircraft

WASPs by Cochran plane.

WASPs honorees Bee Haydu, Kay Hilbrandt, Marty Martin Wyall, Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds  and Nell Stevenson Bright pose by plane once owned by their former Director Jackie Cochran.

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 22, 2015) – In keeping with its commitment to promoting excellence, Tarrant County College today recognized six Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) the first women to fly American military aircraft and arguably, individuals who forever changed the role of women in aviation.

Leaders from the community and aviation industry paid tribute as the WASPs viewed the Beechcraft E18S-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochran, founder and director of the WASP program.

“This Beechcraft will always serve as a symbol of women’s huge contribution to careers in aviation and to our country,” said TCC Northwest Campus Divisional Dean Clint Grant.  “Once the restoration is complete, it is our hope that this aircraft will serve as a beacon to attract other women to a career in aviation.”

WASPs served with honor and distinction, flying 60 million flying hours in direct support to the United States during WWII. Among them were today’s honorees: Nell Bright, Class 43-7; Shutsy Reynolds, Class 44-5; Shirley Kruse, Class 44-6; Bee Haydu, Class 44-7; Kay Hilbrandt, Class 44-10; and Marty Wyall, Class 44-10.

Restoration Team w WASPs

Visiting WASPs pose with volunteers helping to restore Cochran’s former plane. The team is led by Curt Landrum, back row, right.

Curt Landrum, a retired TCC associate aviation professor and current adjunct instructor, is leading a team of volunteers restoring the aircraft that TCC acquired in 1985. Restoration efforts began during the summer of 2012 with about 12 volunteers who worked most Saturdays and secured donated parts and materials whenever possible.

With more than 2,500 hours logged to the restoration project, Landrum estimates it will take approximately 20,000 more hours and about $350,000 in funding to restore the Beechcraft E18S-9700 to its former glory. While companies, such as Parker Hannifin – Stratoflex Hoses, Field Tech Instrument and Avionics and Teledyne Aircraft Batteries, have generously donated parts, a significant amount of work remains and funding is waning.

“Once completed,” says Landrum, “TCC intends to fly the aircraft to National WASP World War II Museum at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, each year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.”

For more information on the Beechcraft restoration project, visit http://blogs.tccd.edu/beechcraft. To donate to the restoration efforts, contact Liz Sisk, donor relations officer, at 817-515-5376, liz.sisk@tccd.edu.  Be sure to mention the donation is for the Beechcraft Restoration.

About Tarrant County College
Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is the nation’s 16th-largest higher education institution. As a comprehensive two-year college, TCC offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as associate degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including the newest virtual campus, TCC Connect, which provides online courses and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center. TCC is one of only 79 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges in the nation, earning the distinction during its first year of eligibility.

Autographs

Nolan High School student Gabby Hyde gets the autograph of WASP Shutsy Reynolds as WASP Mary Wyall looks on.

Son of WASP shakes hands with honoree.

Jeff Buehner, son of WASP Betty Jane Bachman (Buehner), Class 43-2, shakes hands with WASP Shutsy Reynolds, 44-5, flanked by fellow WASP honorees. A photo of Buehner’s mother being pinned by Jackie Cochran is on the last page of the TCC commemorative brochure.

TCC Hosts Women Airforce Service Pilots at CEATL

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 21, 2015)
 
WHAT:
In keeping with its commitment to promoting excellence, Tarrant County College is recognizing six Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first women to fly American military aircraft and arguably, individuals who forever changed the role of women in aviation. TCC has invited elected, community and industry leaders from the area to be in attendance when the veterans tour a Beechcraft E183-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochran, founder and director of the WASP program. Curt Landrum, TCC retired associate aviation professor and current adjunct instructor, has led a team of volunteers to restore the aircraft that TCC acquired in 1985. Restoration efforts began during the summer of 2012 with as many as 12 volunteers, working most Saturdays and securing donated parts and materials whenever possible.
 
WHEN:
Friday, May 22
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL)
Alliance Airport
2301 Horizon Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76177
 
BACKGROUND:
WASPs served with honor and distinction under Director Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran and flew 60 million flying hours in direct support to the United States during WWII.

 
Honorees are:
• Nell Bright, Class 43-7
• Shutsy Reynolds, Class 44-5
• Shirley Kruse, Class 44-6
• Bee Haydu, Class 44-7
• Kay Hilbrandt, Class 44-10
• Marty Wyall, Class 44-10