Students from Orville Wright and Judge Albert Monroe Middle Schools were treated to an airfield bus ride and a behind-the- scenes look at airport operations as part of Saturday’s LAX Job Shadow Day.
The annual event allows students to learn about aviation careers from those working at the airport, including engineers, project managers, law enforcement officers, community relations specialists and pilots, LAX representative Frederick Badlissi said.
The event took place at the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center, and included mentors from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Compass Airlines, Badlissi said.
“At LAX, we take incredible pride in being able to showcase aviation to the next generation and show off the incredible careers we have at the airport and in its operation,” said Trevor Daley, LAWA deputy executive director for external affairs. “Days like today spark the imagination and can be the start of exciting careers for our future aviation leaders.”
More than 40 students and their teachers arrived at the Flight Path Learning Center & Museum, beginning their day with presentations from aviation professionals before some students hopped into an articulated bus for an airfield tour of LAX.
Others chose to accompany their mentors right away, to get an up-close look at how different offices work together to make the airport run safely and smoothly.
Students were also treated to a K-9 demonstration from LAWA Airport Police Division Corporal Robert Corchado and his bomb-sniffing dog Bila.
“Mentoring is kind like paying it forward,” Corchado said. “One of the reasons I got into law enforcement was because I had mentors that were all officers. Today, I get to be that mentor by letting the kids know that law enforcement is an option. By encouraging them to do good in school, respect their teachers, and not to be afraid to ask for help, these kids can do anything they put their mind to.”
—City News Service
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