American Airlines Partners with West Los Angeles College for Aviation Maintenance Training

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 31, 2024 11:23 AMNews
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American Airlines has embarked on an innovative partnership with West Los Angeles College, providing a significant boost to the college’s aviation maintenance technician program. This collaboration offers students more than just education - it's a gateway to real-world experience and career opportunities in aviation maintenance.

The partnership enriches the college’s program with over 450 new tools, but its most valuable asset is the direct access to American Airlines' Los Angeles-based aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs). These professionals will engage with students regularly, offering mentorship, hands-on experience, and for top performers, guaranteed interviews. This initiative is more than just an educational venture; it's a career-launching opportunity for aspiring aviation technicians.

Evie Garces, Vice President of Line Maintenance at American Airlines, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, highlighting the high demand for skilled AMTs. “Our locally-based team is committed to nurturing the next generation of professionals," said Garces. “This partnership reflects our 75-year legacy in Los Angeles and our dedication to the community."

Dr. James Limbaugh, President of West Los Angeles College, also shared his excitement. He emphasized the unique opportunities this collaboration will provide. “Our students will gain a competitive edge, thanks to the mentorship from American’s top-tier AMTs," he noted. “This aligns with our college’s motto, ‘Go West. Go Far.’, and now, our students can aim even higher."

West Los Angeles College, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 1969, offers a wide range of academic and vocational programs. This partnership adds a new dimension to its offerings, preparing students for successful careers in aviation maintenance.

American Airlines, with a substantial presence at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), employs nearly 7,000 staff, including 468 line maintenance team members. This collaboration underscores American’s commitment to fostering local talent and strengthening the aviation industry's future. Interested candidates can explore opportunities at jobs.aa.com, illustrating how the partnership not only benefits students but also bolsters the workforce.

In summary, the American Airlines and West Los Angeles College partnership is a landmark in aviation education, blending academic rigor with practical industry exposure to forge a new path for future aviation professionals.

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