Tulsa Tech, Tulsa Public Schools and the City of Tulsa Announce New Aerospace Academy for Students

Tulsa Tech, Tulsa Public Schools and the City of Tulsa Announce New Aerospace Academy for Students

TULSA, OK – April 15, 2015 – Mayor Dewey Bartlett along with Dr. Steve Tiger and Dr. Keith Ballard announced the launch of the Tulsa Tech Aerospace Academy for area high school students that will begin this fall at the Tulsa Tech Riverside Campus.

The program will be available to area juniors and seniors, and was created in direct response to support the workforce needs of the aerospace and technology job sectors. The first class will have 40 students and will last a full school year or potentially two years.

All state mandated curriculum will be required of students participating in the Aerospace Academy for the full-day program at Tulsa Tech. Program offerings include: Private Pilot Ground School, Aviation Maintenance Generals, Cisco Network Technician, Computer Network Technology, Cyber Security and Network Systems Administration.

Plans also call for aerospace industry leaders to arrange internship opportunities for students who choose to participate in the program. This provides Aerospace Academy students with firsthand experience in the field that would serve as an invaluable experience and help students transition into the workplace.

“I talk to business owners weekly and hear consistently that Tulsa does not have enough trained and qualified workers to fill jobs,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett said. “As a city, we must be vigilant to the needs of the business community and create a pathway to prosperity for students who would benefit from training and learning a skill that places them in a well-paying career in Tulsa.”

Mayor Bartlett led the charge for this academy and officials from the City of Tulsa, aerospace industry and vocational and higher education leaders have been working for close to three years to make the academy a reality.

“Tulsa Tech is focused on being the region’s leader of career and technical education resulting in a quality job for every Tulsa Tech student and a skilled workforce for every company. In order to accomplish this vision, we must collaborate and partner with business and educational institutions to best meet workforce needs” said Dr. Steve Tiger, Tulsa Tech CEO/Superintendent. “Tulsa Tech’s Aerospace Academy is an excellent example of how this collaborative effort should work. We are excited to launch this innovative program fall 2015.”

The Aerospace Academy is a pilot project that uniquely supports the call of business and industry demands for training and educational platforms that support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“The Aerospace Academy is going to provide TPS students with the opportunity to get on a solid career track in the aerospace industry, while ensuring they remain on the successful path to graduate from high school,” said Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools. “It also fills a vital need among Tulsa employers to fill these critical positions in the marketplace. I’d like to applaud the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Tech for their vision in getting this creative program off the ground. I suspect it will be a highly successful program.”

Students will have technical classes for half of the school day, with the remainder of the day to include core high school courses, as well as life skills, financial literacy and career counseling support. Bus transportation will be provided from the student’s home high school to and from Tulsa Tech and students will graduate from their home high school.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin praised the new academy. “Nothing is more important to increasing prosperity in Oklahoma than teaching our children and future workers the skill-sets they need to thrive in a competitive, global economy,” said Fallin. “The Tulsa Tech Aerospace Academy is an excellent example of how our public school systems can find innovative ways to support the future workforce needs of Oklahoma businesses while putting young people on a track to find rewarding, good-paying jobs and careers.”

Students interested in the Aerospace Academy should consult their high school counselor and school administration before applying to the Academy; this will help to ensure that the student’s high school graduation and career readiness goals align well with the Tulsa Tech Aerospace Academy program.

For more information or to apply for the Tulsa Tech Aerospace Academy, please call (918) 828-5000 or go to www.tulsatech.edu/apply.

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