Technical high schools in Massachusetts are growing more sophisticated, and one school in Westfield has received a distinction that only two other schools in the entire country have reached.
Westfield Technical Academy has received the FAA’s blessing for its aviation maintenance technology program. Fourteen students at the school have been taking part in the program since late last year.
This is only the third such program in a high school that the FAA has approved, and the first in Massachusetts.
When these students graduate from Westfield Technical Academy, they can go on to college or further their training in various aviation fields.
“I either want to fly or fix airplanes. I really haven’t made up my mind, even do both, that would be awesome,” sophomore Nathaniel Spiller said.
“My grandfather worked at Hamilton Standard for many,many years. My uncle was in the Air Force for many years, also,” sophomore Keeley Meyer said. “they encouraged me to go into it, and I love it so much.”
These students will get further hands-on training by working at Barnes Municipal Airport as part of their preparation for careers in airplane maintenance.