High School orientation is becoming much more exciting in Lakeland, Florida. Each day during the week of November 17th from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., freshman students newly enrolled at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) will be airborne thanks to a generous contribution from Knight Industries.
Bob Knight, Chairman of the SUN ‘n FUN Board of Directors stated, “SUN ‘n FUN Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are committed to supporting the aviation industry and creating an environment in which students will be encouraged to “Build a Brighter Future through Aviation.” Qualified pilots from around central Florida are contributing their personal aircraft and professional skills to introduce CFAA 9th graders to the world of flight.
SUN ‘n FUN contributes in excess of $430,000 annually to scholarships for students in Polk County. CFAA, a Polk County Schools Workforce Academy, maintains a 100% graduation rate because of the commitment of students, professional educators and mentors at the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Students are introduced to aviation industry careers not only as pilots and mechanics, but designers, engineers, administrators and more. An economic impact study recently identified a projected shortage of 500,000 pilots in 2032. Aviation dependency goes beyond the tourism industry in Florida. From general postal services to the mission field and emergency responders, there are careers in international trade, military, security, private and public corporations, design and construction.
CFAA students are introduced to career possibilities that may include dual enrollment during high school headed to a Polk State College Bachelor of Aerospace Sciences degree, Florida Polytechnic Engineering program enrollment and/or Traviss Career Center Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic Certification. At the end of their high school commitment, CFAA students are in a position to have multiple college enrollment options. Employee characteristics and skills valuable to any employer are learned at CFAA. The aerospace industry demands high skills, good work ethics, a team building focus and strong citizenship commitments.
An experience is offered year-round for students of all ages on the SUN ‘n FUN convention campus. Proceeds from any event at SUN ‘n FUN, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, are returned to STEM-based education programs and activities. Take time to visit Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum with your family.