California City High’s Dynamic Aircraft Maintenance Program is Building Confidence and Careers

California City High School in Kern County is offering a one-of-a-kind program that helps students learn valuable vocational skills while also earning college credits. The new Aircraft Maintenance Technology curriculum offers dual enrollment at the high school and the Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. It is the only such program accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The classes are a godsend for students in California City. Edwards Air Force Base is within 5 miles. But the nearest college is over 40 miles away. About 10% if the high school’s student body is enrolled in the classes.

The aviation industry is growing. Experts predict over 700,000 more maintenance technicians will be needed over the next two decades. But participants in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology courses learn critical math and science skills that can be used for any number of careers, not just aviation. By earning college credits at a pubic high school, they can also save thousands of dollars in tuition costs.

School officials believe the program could be a model for the rest of the state. Learn more about it here