TRB Webinar: Reach for the Sky–Attracting New Aviation Career Professionals

August 06, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
0.00 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 1.00 hour(s)
AICP: 0.00 hour(s)
CLE: 0.00 hour(s)

Older workers are retiring in droves, and new employees are not entering the aviation workforce swiftly enough to replace those leaving. TRB is hosting a webinar on Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern that will identify ways to address the labor shortage by fostering the next generation of aviation professionals, including pilots, mechanics, and airport managers. This webinar will discuss  engaging students by piquing their interest in the aviation industry at a young age. Presenters will highlight activities that state agencies, airports, and educators may use to develop and sustain strategies that promote aviation as a career. They will also explain how these activities can be adapted to fit any agency’s budget, skill set, and audience.

The webinar features research from ACRP Report 202: Developing Innovative Strategies for Aviation Education and Participation and ACRP Synthesis 103: Promoting Aviation Career Education in High Schools and Community Colleges.

This webinar is sponsored by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar; however, sign into to view registration information.

Webinar agenda and presenters:

  1. Discussion of aviation-related careers and national resources: Stephanie Ward, Mead & Hunt
  2. Interactive activities targeted by type, age group and cost: Mike McHugh, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission
  3. How to partner with high schools and community colleges: Daniel Prather, DPrather Aviation Solutions
  4. Question and answer session: Moderated by Jennifer Maples, City of Phoenix Aviation Department

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, you will able to:

  1. Discuss the diverse careers that are available in the aviation industry
  2. Describe the activities that may be used to engage students of all ages and with varied interests
  3. Describe the characteristics of high school and community college aviation programs and their efforts to prepare the next generation of aviation professionals
  4. Identify how airports can develop partnerships with high schools and community colleges

 Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) will provide 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) to accredited airport executives who attend this webinar. Claim CEUs by visiting For questions about AAAE continuing education units, please contact

Registration is available until just before the webinar starts. Once the webinar starts, you will be unable to submit your registration. Individuals who are registered for a webinar but do not receive their confirmation emails due to their organization’s internal firewalls should contact the TRB Helpdesk for assistance in signing in.

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum.