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Heights student participates in White House round table at WSU Tech

Heights student participates in White House round table at WSU Tech

American Workforce Policy Advisory Board round table at WSU Tech Heights High School senior Alex Chubbuck participated in the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board’s roundtable at WSU Tech on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The panel consisted of Dr. Sheree Utash, president of WSU Tech, presidential advisor Ivanka Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Congressman Ron Estes, Senator Jerry Moran, Tom Gentile, president and CEO of Spirit AeroSystems, Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation. Chubbuck was one of four students on the panel.

Dr. Utash is a member of the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which is made up of business, education, government and not-for-profit leaders who provide recommendations on how to ensure American students and workers have the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The district also had nine other high school students in attendance who observed the roundtable discussion.

Chubbuck, and the nine other students, are currently enrolled in aviation courses through a partnership with WSU Tech. Through the creation of an aviation pathway, high school students like these now have the opportunity to begin exploring aviation careers beginning their freshman year.

“I loved having the opportunity to have the panel get to know me and what I want to become,” said Chubbuck, who is studying sheet metal and composites at WSU Tech. “This program is an opportunity I hope all students take advantage of to get a head start on their future as well.”

Ezekiel Alvarez, a junior from Northwest High School who is currently taking classes in the district’s aviation pathway, says the program gives students real-world experience while still in high school.

“I like the program because before this I didn’t know what to do,” said Alvarez. “A four-year college wasn’t for me but this program sets a straightforward path to opportunities.”

Hoan Vu, a senior at East High School, agreed.

“Aviation pathway is a great way to get our foot in the door,” said Vu. “It gives me an opportunity to do hands-on work and get job experience at the same time.”

For more information about the aviation pathway at Wichita Public Schools, visit usd259.org/aviationpathway