As we reflect on the resounding success of our 2023 Aerium Summit, we're filled with excitement as we eagerly anticipate our 2024 Summit, set to take flight this coming May. At Aerium Aviation, our commitment to connecting schools and universities with industry professionals remains steadfast.
With over 300 attendees, this event brought industry leaders, stakeholders, experts, and students together, to share ideas, explore innovative opportunities, and discuss the future of aviation and aerospace. Visit our Summit 2023 Page to learn more.
P.S.! Registration for our 2024 Aerium Summit coming up in May is now open! Learn more here
The journey towards establishing CTE Aviation Programs in Pennsylvania begins with the introduction of CIP Codes. These Codes serve as unique identifiers that will later play a crucial role in shaping educational pathways and career opportunities for students.
Funding for CTE Programs:
CTE programs, including aviation programs, are generously funded by both federal and state governments. These funds help cover the expenses associated with specialized programs of study, such as aviation mechanics and the provision of necessary lab space and equipment.
The inclusion of High Priority Occupations (HPO) into the CIP Codes further enhances the aviation programs. By aligning specific occupations with CIP Codes, these programs become eligible for additional funding sources. This financial support enables the expansion and improvement of aviation education offerings.
Brother Marius from Saint Francis University and our Chairman, Dr. Larry Nulton, worked with Jim Walker and Jennifer Sklodowski from the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission to petition to place aviation mechanics and pilots on the High Priority Occupation (HPOs) lists to help with workforce development which will now allow additional funding opportunities for those individuals/students seeking careers in the field of Aviation.
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes become integral to the CIP Codes system. SOC Codes provide detailed job classifications that are associated with CIP Codes. They serve as a way to track and categorize occupations within specific educational programs. For instance, aviation programs may use SOC Codes to distinguish between various roles, such as pilots, air traffic controllers, or aircraft mechanics.
Soc Code 49-3011 (Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians) for the CIP 47.0608 (Aircraft PowerPlant Technology/Technician); Soc Code 53-2011 (Airline Pilots, Copilots & Flight Engineers) and Soc Code 53-2012 (Commercial Pilots) both of which corresponds with CIP Code 49.0102.
CIP Codes serve as the foundation for the development of CTE Aviation Programs in Pennsylvania. These Codes, along with teacher certification, funding, HPO integration, and SOC Codes, collectively shape a comprehensive and well-structured educational pathway that prepares students for careers in the aviation industry.
At Aerium Aviation, we believe that the path to progress involves venturing beyond our comfort zone, forging new connections, and staying at the forefront of industry developments. That's why we make it a priority to participate in conferences and events across the nation, leaving our home state of Pennsylvania to explore new opportunities, exchange ideas, and establish partnerships. By actively participating in these events, we gain valuable insights into what others in the aviation field are doing and stay well-informed about the latest trends and innovations.
Our transformative platform that we announced in October 2023 has enabled us to expand our community in remarkable ways, offering various membership levels tailored to the unique needs of our diverse audience. Whether you're a student with dreams of soaring through the skies, a corporate entity seeking collaboration, or a valued partner in the aviation industry, our membership options cater to your specific requirements.
What makes our membership platform truly exceptional is the opportunity it provides to students. We firmly believe in equipping aspiring aviators with the right resources and connections to embark on their aviation careers with confidence. By becoming a part of Aerium's aviation community, students gain access to invaluable resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities that set them on a trajectory towards success.
We were thrilled to introduce our 'SkyTalks' webinar series this past September. In these engaging sessions, we've had the privilege of hosting esteemed guest speakers such as Roxanne Ober, Director of Admissions and Outreach at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, and Glenn Ponas, Director of High School Outreach at the AOPA Foundation.
Our 'SkyTalks' webinars serve as a vital platform to connect with students who harbor an interest or aspirations in pursuing a fulfilling career in the aviation industry. At Aerium, we recognize the immense importance of education and empowerment in fulfilling our mission to bridge the gap between schools, universities, and industry professionals.
The involvement of Aerium in presenting vital aviation information and engaging with prominent figures like Representative GT Thompson, co-chair of the Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus, signifies a significant and impactful event in the realm of aviation advocacy and education. Here's a more detailed elaboration:
Advocacy for Career & Technical Education:
The reference to the "Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus" underscores Aerium's dedication to supporting career and technical education initiatives, especially in the context of aviation. This advocacy is essential in promoting educational pathways that prepare students for successful careers in aviation-related fields.
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Over the past year, we've achieved remarkable milestones that have significantly influenced the advancement of aviation education, and we're excited to share these accomplishments with you!