The Division of Aviation and Related Technologies is looking for a new group of students to take the program to new heights.
As Salt Lake Community College students pursue careers as mechanics, pilots and dispatchers, the aviation program is actively working to involve more women who have an interest in the field.
According to 2014-15 data from the SLCC Fact Book, the graduation rate between male and female students in the program is between 8 to 1 and 10 to 1.
“I wish there were more of them [women in the program]. I find that women tend to be very good students, and are very capable in terms of performing the work,” says aviation major Stephen Todd. “They pay high attention to detail. I also find that they are very good at troubleshooting and have a great analytical mind.”
The aviation program offers multiple degrees and certificates that prepare students to work in the industry. And while pilots and mechanics are seen as occupations more commonly held by men, SLCC is working to change that perspective.
“Women are more than capable, and more than welcome in aviation,” says Maya Dickemore, an SLCC grad and adjunct simulator instructor. “I have worked as an aircraft mechanic and a pilot; I see no reason why more women should not be involved. If more of them were exposed to it as a serious option, there would be more women in aviation.”
Todd also believes aviation is an equal opportunity industry and hopes more women who have an interest in aviation will pursue a career in the field.
“If the opportunity presents itself, we, as students, should take it upon ourselves to promote SLCC, our programs, our culture, and help people realize that they are empowered and capable of making the change they want, to live the life they desire, doing the work they love,” he says.
The aviation program allows financial aid, including scholarships, to be used toward most of their degrees.
“More awareness of available grants and scholarships just for women would probably help things along, especially when you look at how inexpensive our programs are compared to others,” Todd says.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the SLCC aviation program can contact academic advisor Samual Curley at 801-957-4550.