Education Course Overview

A typical course offers 20 students 30 hours of hands-on instruction (600 student contact hours). Evening programs offered during the school year will meet 2 nights a week for 3 hours each session, while summer classes will meet 6 hours a day for 5 days. Classes will be led by a teacher, who, in most cases, will be aided by an assistant. Classroom instructors will understand that the emphasis is on developing interest in the subject as a career. Instructors will emphasize doing and guiding over lecturing and theory. Instructors will offer letters of reference and recommendation to those students who request them at the end of a course.

Education Course Offerings

  1. Aviation: FLYING – Designed to bring students quickly into the cockpit of an airplane, and teach them real flying skills by use of simulators. Students will learn stick and rudder coordination, engine management, and radio procedures. This high-interest and popular class is modeled on genuine flight school and military practices and prepares students to step into a real cockpit to begin flight training.
  2. Aviation: CAREERS – The vast majority of aviation/aerospace jobs are not in the air, but on the ground. Students will sample such fields as piston and jet mechanics, sheet metal work, air traffic control, business terminology, and more through a variety of hands-on guided practice, computer simulation, and role-playing. “From classroom to real world” connections will be emphasized through guest speakers and off-site tours.
  3. Auto: ALL THINGS AUTO – Students will start the first class to rebuild a simple engine and transmission, and go on from there the second class to learn how to properly maintain a car, diagnose faults using modern OBDII scanners, and avoid mistakes when paying for service repairs. Installing sound systems, entertainment packages, and GPS will be covered along with basic electronic terminology, and finally students will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of race car preparation and driving using competition go-karts.
  4. Green Technology: ENERGY ALTERNATIVES – This class is designed to make students aware of the critical importance of conserving the Earth’s resources, but also give them the practical tools to do so. Students will produce their own bio-fuel from french fry grease; build a working cell-phone recharger using solar panels; build a working wind driven generator; and learn how to lower their personal carbon footprint as they go on in life. This is a very “hands on” class that makes social responsibility fun.

Education Program Goals and Offerings

  • Hands on emphasis
  • 80 students served each summer – 20 per class
  • 80 students served in afterschool Fall programs
  • 80 students served in afterschool Spring programs
  • 6th – 10th Graders Targeted
  • Forsyth and Guilford County Residents Targeted
  • Directing students to programs at – GTCC Aviation, Career Center Aviation, Forsyth Tech Auto, Guilford County High School Aviation, Civil Air Patrol, ROTC, NC State & NC A & T Aerospace Engineering as well as other related programs in the area.