New program enhances aviation opportunities at Dunbar

New program enhances aviation opportunities at Dunbar
November 21, 2013
FORT WORTH — Dunbar High School’s football field became an airstrip Wednesday with the landing of a helicopter.

November 21, 2013
By Diane Smith
Star-telegram.com

Helping students fulfill ambitions in the aviation and engineering professions is the goal of an educational collaboration by the Fort Worth school district, Tarrant County College and Bell Helicopter. The three entities are boosting existing aviation academics/training offered at Dunbar. Their effort was showcased Wednesday with the landing of a Bell 407GX helicopter on a football field at Dunbar High School. Superintendent Walter Dansby emphasized the importance of investing in aviation programs after he emerged from the helicopter. De’Ovion Alexander, 10, a fifth-grade student at Walton Elementary was inspired by the landing. “When I retire from football, I am going to be a helicopter pilot,” he said.

Training For The Future
Dunbar High School offers aviation technology, engineering and urban development and business technology as part of the district’s Gold Seal Programs of Choice. Under the new effort, students will get training to meet current and future industry needs as part of existing aerospace and engineering classes. The program includes a pathway to jobs through training and a senior project that can help determine if a student can be recruited by companies such as Bell Helicopter. “It’s a wonderful opportunity,” said TCC Trustee Gwendolyn Morrison, adding that students will be able to graduate from high school with a professional certificate. “This program cuts out all the guessing.”

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