When Students Take Flight

Aviation Day

On Friday, March 20, a group of students accompanied by staff visited the MP Aero Hangar for “The Sky’s the Limit” Aviation Career Day. The event was hosted by Councilwoman Nury Martinez, the Van Nuys Airport, MP Aero and The Valley Economic Alliance with Congressman Tony Cardenas as one of the guest speakers.

Cloud & Fire students experienced interactive aviation and aerospace exhibits, military and civilian aircraft displays, high-tech video presentations, and bus tours of the airfield. Experts currently working in a variety of fields with the aviation and aerospace industries shared with students firsthand accounts of what working for the industry entails. There were also possible summer jobs or internships opportunities available for students.

Jorge Cervantes, a Cloud & Fire student, never knew how many types of airplanes there are, or how many career opportunities exist within aviation. “The field trip was interesting because of the different airplanes they talked about,” Jorge said. “There were different booths set up with people from different companies like the police, fire department, army, and NASA. NASA was the best because they had an experiment on flying and they showed us how to control the different parts of the plane.”

Interactive experiences such as this open young people’s eyes to possibilities they never dreamed of before. Cloud & Fire YouthBuild was honored to participate in this event, as it may help some students take flight in a career they never before considered.