Sat, Aug 20, 2005
Wathen Foundation Launches Aviation-Oriented Charter School At
Building on the success of its satellite EAA Air Academy
program, the Thomas Wathen Foundation will launch Wathen Aviation
High School at Riverside, California's Flabob Airport this coming
school year. Twenty-five students will begin a four-year course of
study at the new charter school on September 6th.
The innovative new program features core courses such as
biology, US history, algebra, geometry and literature. Elective
courses relate to aviation as well as hands-on experience in
aircraft construction and maintenance. Students will be able to
pursue programs in college prep or technical fields leading to
vocations in aviation mechanics, avionics, the military and
opportunities with commercial airlines, and a variety of additional
"This is a program for young people, who have a clear sense of
direction in their lives, or who want to experience enough aviation
to make a career decision," said Wathen Foundation Academy
President Art Peterson. "We have assembled the resources and
personnel to make the program stimulating, informative and highly
beneficial to any young person interested in exploring a career in
any field related to aviation."
Students will be encouraged to
participate in the EAA AeroScholars Program, an online study course
that prepares students for the FAA Private Pilot written exam in
which they can earn five college credits.
EAA Vice President of Education Dr. Lee Siudzinski, who had
several discussions with Peterson during the school's
organizational phase, remarked, "EAA is excited about this
wonderful opportunity for the Flabob-area students and we look
forward to supporting them in this initiative."
Students will spend Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in
classes at the airport. On Mondays and Fridays they can study at
home or engage in self-study, engage in tutorial work with
residential teachers, or become involved in a variety of "hands-on"
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