We are happy to say 2015 was a successful and exciting year for SCAA's Mentorship Committee. Our mentors have successfully guided numerous aviation students on their path. Some students were also given the opportunity to engulf themselves in the industry as interns.
In addition to our Mentor and Internship Programs, students, and aspiring students had multiple opportunities to mingle with mentors and industry professionals during SCAA's Mentorship Roundtables. Our events are geared specifically to immerse students in the exciting field of aviation. The roundtables draw students from all around Southern California and are hosted at local airfields around the area so students can experience, first-hand, the excitement and opportunity this industry offers.
To ensure that we are reaching all students who share a passion and desire to work in aviation, our Mentor Committee will be expanding outreach through the following programs:
- Adopt-A-School Program, strengthening our relationships with local colleges and aviation academies to extend our outreach, and aide their transition into their field of interest. As well as introduce students to other fields of expertise they may not be aware of.
- New Aviation Immersion Program, offering student "walk-thrus" at various aviation businesses around Southern California, so that students have an opportunity to experience different areas of Business Aviation.
- Intern Program, working closely with local businesses to help them launch an internship program and assisting them in finding students that fit their qualifications.
Lastly, we will hold two BIG events this year. As always, we will hold our Annual Roundtable Event where students and Mentors can come together, ask questions and learn about the industry. Attendees can enjoy static aircraft displays, talk with industry professionals and peruse the booths of general aviation companies and job opportunities. Additionally, we will hold one other event that supports our Immersion Program. A sponsor business or aviation academy will open up it's facilities for students to walk-thru, aiding in the excitement and passion for the industry.