San Jose Students Get Inside Scoop on Aviation Careers

A group of San Jose high school students this week learned about the diverse opportunities available to them in aviation during an Aviation Career Exploration event the Bay Area Council convened in partnership with Alaska Airlines and San Jose International Airport (SJC). Students from Independence High School heard from leaders at both Alaska Airlines and SJC about what it takes to lead successful and fulfilling careers in the aviation industry. Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano told students touring the airport “imagine what would be possible if you worked at an airport. Imagine what would be possible if you worked for an airline… go out with an open mind.”

Students got a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport terminals, hopped on an Alaska airplane, observed the world of baggage that lies underneath the airport, and got an up close and personal look at airplanes on the runway. Lucas Natividad, a ninth-grader, reflected on his time on the SJC airstrip: “It was a new view compared to standing in the terminal and waiting to board a plane.” Justo Riojas, an eleventh-grader, shared his excitement for the industry: “I love planes. I’ve looked into aviation so I decided to come and see what other kinds of jobs there are.” The Bay Area Council is excited to continue exposing high school students, as well as community college students and job seekers throughout the region, to well-paid career paths in high-demand fields throughout the region.

For additional information on the Workforce of the Future and Gender Equity and Diversity Committees, please contact Senior Vice President Linda Bidrossian.

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