Aviation High School Students Visit Winpisinger Center


IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja, far left, meets with Aviation High School students from New York City.

For the 13th consecutive year, students from New York City’s Aviation High School visited the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD for a unique look inside the U.S. transportation industry.

Each year, Aviation High School students spend four days at WWW and in Washington, DC to learn about unions and the aviation industry.

The group had a schedule chock full of classes, from Accident Investigation to Why Politics Matters. The class also visited the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, DC.

This year, the students’ project was complex, relating to policy development and navigating the political environment to achieve their policy objective. They were asked to choose an aviation-related public policy that they would like to see implemented and then how would they achieve their public policy objective and make it law.

The program ended with a tour of IAM Headquarters and closing remarks from IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja, himself an Aviation High School graduate.

“The students from Aviation High School never fail to impress me,” said Pantoja. “They represent aviation’s future and I am very proud of the IAM’s continuing relationship with the school and our efforts to offer these students a first-hand look into the industry they are preparing to enter.”