NATCA Reloaded Spotlight
Thursday, December 30, 2010

This month, NATCA Reloaded participated in the 16th annual Rotary Club Career Fair in Washington, D.C. The purpose of attending the career fair was to promote and educate local high school students on the air traffic control profession, as well as all of the various bargaining units that NATCA represents.

One hundred and thirty one students from eight inner-city D.C. high schools participated in the fair, which was held at the National Press Club. Also in attendance were guidance counselors to assist the students in mapping out their future educational and career plans. The students were given the unique opportunity to meet with professionals representing more than thirty careers fields.

Throughout the event, every seat at the NATCA table was filled with students interested in learning more about aviation and the various professions that are involved in keeping the National Airspace System both safe and efficient. Many of the students inquired as to what the next steps are that they should take to enter the field of aviation. NATCA provided them with a number of career resources, including useful contacts, informational brochures and online resources.

During the career fair, Reloaded Committee member Jacqui Smith met a student who is a member of his school’s “Youth for Aviation” club. While many of the students in the club have never even been on an airplane, they spend their Saturdays learning about all things aviation at a small local airport outside of D.C. Highly impressed by the initiative these students are taking to learn more about aviation, we are currently in the process of setting up a meeting between NATCA members and the “Youth for Aviation” club in the near future.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. for inviting us to be a part of this fantastic event and thanks to all of the students, teachers and counselors who attended. We look forward to participating again next year!