Group helps encourage minority students to explore careers in aviation | Las Vegas Review-Journal: The 17 high school students filling a large circular life raft used teamwork as they worked together to put up a tarp to protect themselves from the elements.
In the scenario they were playing out, they had just escaped from an airliner that had ditched into the water. Now, they were responsible for saving themselves and their passengers as they awaited rescue.
It was a scenario no aviator would want to be a part of, but the exercise was designed to reinforce the No. 1 priority an airline must have for its passengers — safety.
It was Day Four for the students involved in Southern Nevada’s fourth Aviation Career Education program, part of Project Aerospace, an initiative established by the 38-year-old Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.
A TEAM EFFORT
Since 1976, the Illinois-based group has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration and Tuskegee Airmen Inc. to encourage minority students to explore careers in the aviation industry. Only recently has the program found its way to Southern Nevada, but local organizers are encouraged by the enthusiasm sponsoring companies and organizations have for helping students chase their dreams.