We Hire EVIT: UND Flight Training Center
Posted on 04/10/2018
The UND Flight Training Center has a great partnership with EVIT and has hired EVIT alum like Halana Perkins, who is continuing to build on her training she received at EVIT. At 23, EVIT alumna Halana Perkins is well on her way to becoming an airline pilot while also helping fuel the workforce pipeline for Arizona’s aviation industry. As an instructor for the University of North Dakota Flight Training Center in Mesa, she gets the flight hours she needs while providing the training UND needs for its student pilots.

“EVIT really does a great job in helping shape these young people into desirable employees for me,” said Rex Ginder, site manager for the flight training center. “It’s a fantastic partnership.”

Aviation is one of over 40 career and technical education programs EVIT provides at two central campuses in Mesa and branch campuses in Apache Junction and Fountain Hills.

Halana Perkins and Rex Ginder of UND Flight Training Center

Aviation is offered exclusively at EVIT’s East Campus, which is located near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the aviation program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the UND flight training center. In the second year of the two-year program, EVIT students are prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot exam and concurrently receive their training through the UND flight program at CGCC while earning college credit. EVIT’s partnership with CGCC allows Aviation students to earn up to 24 college credits toward an associate degree in the college’s aviation program and acceptance as a junior at UND. Aviation students also have the option of continuing their training at Arizona State University Polytechnic or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Perkins enrolled in EVIT Aviation in her senior year at Mesa’s Red Mountain High School, where she learned about EVIT from a friend who was enrolled in the Interior Design program. “I thought it was so cool to be able to go to another campus to get to study something you wanted to study,” she said.

Because she enrolled as a senior, Perkins only took one year of EVIT Aviation and then enrolled at CGCC after graduating from Red Mountain. She has since earned a two-year degree in Airway Science Technology and needs about 100 more hours at the UND flight center. Her ultimate goal is to become a commercial airline pilot and one day fly with her father, who is a pilot for Southwest Airlines.

Halana Perkins, EVIT alumna and UND Flight Instructor

In the mostly-male pilot profession, Perkins is considered “non-traditional.” But she finds that to be empowering. Other young women can succeed in EVIT Aviation and the aviation industry too “if you believe in yourself and dedicate yourself to it,” she said. “The opportunity is available … the reward is extraordinary.”

EVIT Aviation students have a high success rate:  88 percent earn their FAA Private Pilot license and/or FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Remote Pilot certificate and 79 percent go on to college or other post-secondary training. Instructor Lou Amadee estimated that the UND flight training center has hired about 15 EVIT students as flight instructors over the past several years.

In addition to their technical skills, Ginder looks for potential hires who demonstrate integrity, responsibility, confidence, accountability and professional behavior and appearance.

“EVIT students are just prepared at a different level,” Ginder said. “They are already front-loaded with so much information.”

EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 92 percent are in college, jobs or the military within one year of their training. Enrollment for 2018-19 is under way. Enroll today: evit.com/admissions.


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