Started in 1925, Aviation High School is the largest public aviation school in the nation with 150 teachers and more than 2,000 students. The school moved to its current location in Long Island City (LIC) in 1957 and offers an aviation maintenance technology program allowing students to earn FAA airframe and powerplant certification. Many JetBlue Crewmembers with technical operations backgrounds got their start at Aviation High School. When we move to LIC in 2012, Aviation High School will be a close neighbor less than one mile away.
JetBlue already supports the students of Aviation High School in many different ways. On June 24 at the school’s graduation ceremony, JetBlue donated a tool box award to one of the top graduating students – Louis Villafane. JetBlue Maintenance ASAP Controller Sergio Laboy attended the ceremony and presented Louis with a plaque for his tool box. In addition, JetBlue presented two roundtrip travel passes to the valedictorian.
More than 300 Aviation High School students graduated this year, with 291 of them qualifying in the FAA program to obtain their airframe and/or powerplant certificate.