Van Nuys Airport - - For the past six years, Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Job Training has been a proud supporter and participant of Syncro Aviation's Career Aviation Day at Van Nuys Airport. The career exploration is an event sponsored in conjunction with the Valley Economic Alliance (VEA), Van Nuys Airport, and the office of city councilmember Tony Cardenas.
The day-long event held on May 6 was aimed at sparking the interest of high school students to consider careers in aviation and its peripheral industries. Over 1,400 students attended this year’s program; 300 of them grasped the opportunity to tour the Manufacturing Technologies Laboratory (MTL). The MTL is a forty-foot trailer outfitted with two HAAS CNC machines and four CNC simulators and represents a joint partnership between Job Training and the VEA. The MTL was staffed by LAVC’s Choung Vo, Roger Arias, and Cesar Crisostomo, along with Van Nuys High School student Lizette Santana.
Career Aviation Day allows high school students from over 15 local schools to explore S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics) careers along with meeting professionals engaged in these industries. Students interested in technology and engineering related studies are encouraged to continue their post high school education at LAVC. The highgly acclaimed MTL provides students the opportunity to see
firsthand how vital the world of precision manufacturing is, especially to the aviation industry, where metal machining plays a big role in the San Fernando Valley as well as to the overall economic engine of Southern California. Approximately 75 percent of aerospace fasteners are manufactured at local businesses in Los Angeles County.
In addition, there are over 400 small to mid-sized manufacturing firms located in the Valley, many of whom depend on skilled workers to remain competitive. The majority of these firms depend on the community colleges and trade schools for their pool of qualified applicants. LAVC has been at the forefront of tool & manufacturing instruction for more than 25 years.
The Mobile Laboratory has served as an increasing source of inspiration to many students as it continues to tour local high schools and businesses. Santana credits the MTL with her decision to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer. She had the opportunity to visit the lab last year and was extremely interested in learning more about CNC Programming.
Speaking at the event, City Councilmember Tony Cardenas challenged students to be the next generation of scientists, pilots, engineers, and aviation entrepreneurs. His opening remarks proved very inspirational; students entering the MTL asked well thought out questions and were very attentive.
For information about the Manufacturing Technologies Laboratory or training opportunities in the precision manufacturing field, contact the Job Training Department of Los Angeles Valley College at (818) 947-2941.