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“Aviation Pathways” Program to Connect Local Students With Aviation Jobs

Victorville, CA – March 9th, 2017 – Victorville-based aviation leasing and maintenance company ComAv is teaming up with area high schools, as well as Victor Valley College, to forge a partnership that gears students for careers in aviation. Called “Aviation Pathways,” the aim of the program is to address the continual challenge of providing jobs for a local High Desert workforce by partnering with education to create a more direct path to this growing local industry.

“I headquartered ComAv in the Victor Valley 19 years ago, and I’m committed to seeing it thrive,” said Craig Garrick, ComAv’s CEO and founder. “One of the challenges our company faces though is hiring qualified local talent, especially as we look to expand and fill over a hundred new jobs in the next year.”

Garrick and other ComAv team members had their first meeting with education stakeholders in January, where representatives from Victor Valley College, Excelsior Academy, Victorville High School, Serrano High School and The Lewis Center discussed ways that the multiple groups could combine to make it easier for Victor Valley and other students to obtain aviation jobs locally.

The Aviation Pathways program will be very inclusive, introducing the aviation industry the local community, the high school and college students and the participants’ parents and family members.

(Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

ComAv and the partnership will participate in local community career-building events and collaborate with local schools. Interaction with area educators will provide a better understanding of their interests and needs, leading to the development of aviation-based educational programs. ComAv staff will provide aviation field expertise and continue to perform community outreach.

“The aviation industry is vast and is growing tremendously in our own community,” said Don Dombrowski, ComAv’s Director of Quality and himself a teacher at Victor Valley College’s aviation program. “While the majority of our employees are local residents, we still find ourselves having to recruit outside of the High Desert to find qualified staffing.”

A core part of ‘Aviation Pathways’ will be to develop apprenticeship programs through ComAv for High School and College students, but ComAv also sees it expanding to include other aviation services companies at SCLA.

Craig Garrick’s and ComAv’s commitment is clear. “Our company-wide commitment to education and the Aviation Pathways program will encourage more local students and community members to choose an aviation-based career path. We want to recruit locally as our staffing requirements increase,” he said. “We’ve found that we are not only helping our own community by providing jobs, but recruiting locally provides our company with a longer term and loyal employee base. We pride ourselves as a company with low employee turnover, which can be unusual for an aviation based company.”

Educators interested in becoming involved with Aviation Pathways are urged to send an email to aviationpathways@comav.com for more information.

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