The International Aerospace/Aviation Education Center is located along 2200 West at the Salt Lake International Airport, and is home to the Aviation Technology programs, including Aviation Maintenance. All the areas are devoted to program lab or class space.
“The program is almost entirely hands-on, so there are no spots for studying per se,” says Edward Carter, who graduated in July 2014 from the Aviation Technology program.
Years ago, there was another hot spot for students to study – inside one of the planes located in the hangar, says Todd Baird, the Program Coordinator and Site Administrator for the campus.
“It wasn’t all they were doing, so we put a stop to it,” says Baird wryly. “We cut that plane into many pieces.”
The lobby space has a corner with tables and chairs and students taking classes at Westpointe are often found there where it is conveniently close to their classrooms.
There is another location that is a small perk for being in the aviation program, and many student pilots find their studies held there.
“I do use the tables in the lobby [at Westpointe], but I like to study at TAC Air, in their lobby,” says Mandi Stuart, an SLCC student nearing completion of her Professional Pilot program. “They have comfortable furniture, always offer free water and tea, and even have showers. How cool is that?”
TAC Air is located at the Executive Terminal at the Salt Lake International Airport, a location where student pilots arrange flight time as part of their training.