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  • EDUCATION

    Aviation program leads to employment for VVC students

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  • VICTORVILLE — Two Victor Valley College students are doing their part to fill the increasing demand for skilled aviation maintenance professionals.
    Students Eric Morrison and David Johnson were recently hired as full-time aircraft support agents for Pacific Aviation Group, a subsidiary company of ComAV, which is located at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville.
    “Working at Pacific Aviation Group is like a dream come true,” said Johnson, 29. “I’m learning about aviation safety practices, various protocols and aircraft asset management. There is nothing like getting a hands-on opportunity to work on aircraft.”
    The college is working with organizations such as PAG and the Federal Aviation Administration to help fill the job demand, according to Robert Sewell, acting director of marketing and public relations for VVC.
    According to numbers given by Martin Powell, senior instructional assistant at VVC, 126 aviation students have graduated from the program since January 2011, with 106 of those grads now working in the aircraft industry.
    Morrison and Johnson are in charge of quality control, aircraft component inventory, aircraft part evaluation and identification. Once they complete VVC’s aviation maintenance certificate program, they will be positioned to move up to an aircraft maintenance technician position.
    Johnson said his passion to work in the aviation field came last year, after years of working on land vehicles.
    “I took a tour of the Southern California Logistics Airport and the aviation program, and that’s when I knew that I could combine the best of both worlds,” Johnson said. “This is a perfect fit and I really enjoy getting my hands dirty.”
    After a few days on the job, Johnson said he was amazed at the amount of parts that are in an aircraft.
    “The biggest challenge is learning about the various components, their names, their functions and how they operate,” Johnson said. “There are thousands of parts and each one is crucial.”
    Christopher Ohshita, aviation department director at VVC, expressed nothing but pride in his assessment of how hard these students have worked and how rewarding it is to see them progress toward their career goals and achieve success.
    “ComAv-Pacific Aviation Group are leaders in the aircraft business and will provide endless opportunities for David and Eric. Thank you, Victor Valley College family, for making this happen,” Ohshita said. “These student successes along with many more alike are due to the leadership, dedication and ownership that you have dedicated to the college and your associated profession.”
    “I’m really excited about my new job working at Pacific Aviation Group,” Morrison said. “I really enjoy working with aircraft and aircraft components. I’m learning so much about aircraft and aircraft asset management, the best part is I can apply what I learn at work to what I’m learning at aviation school.”
    Working with both end-user and MRO customers, ComAv Asset Management specializes in placing consignment inventory assets into programs supporting airlines operating the full range of Airbus and Boeing aircraft globally.
    The VVC Aviation Program was originally established as an independent private school by a group of local aviation employers based at SCLA and representatives of the city of Victorville and San Bernardino County. The college and foundation supported this effort as advisers and partners.
    VVC had an aviation program when George Air Force Base was active but discontinued the program when the base closed in the 1990s.
    For more information on the VVC Aviation Program and career opportunities, contact Ohshita at Christopher.Ohshita@vvc.edu.
    Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @renegadereports.
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