Dylan Kuchan plans to be a pilot for an international airline one day, but already at 18, he’s taken off toward his goal. The senior at Mesa’s Mountain View High School is also enrolled in the Aviation program at the East Valley Institute of Technology’s centralized East Campus.
“I decided to enroll in EVIT’s Aviation program because I’ve been interested in exploring a career in aviation for a majority of my childhood,” Dylan said. “When I heard about the EVIT program I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to begin my career early.”
EVIT students explore the world of aviation through classroom lectures and hands-on lab work. College credit is also available through a partnership with Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Dylan is logging flight hours and taking classes concurrently through CGCC. When he graduates from high school and completes his EVIT program, he will have a private pilot’s license and 21 hours of college credit.
“EVIT is helping me reach my career goals by not only training me for the industry really early in my life, but also by giving me the opportunity to receive college credit and my private pilot’s license while still in high school,” Dylan said. “It has also been a great opportunity to network and make connections with people in the industry through extracurricular events EVIT has provided.”
Dylan plans to work toward an aeronautical degree at the University of North Dakota. In November, Dylan was the only high school student in the United States to be awarded a $5,000 scholarship by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association AV8Rs program. The other three students selected are already in college.
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Students at EVIT’s centralized campuses have a 96% graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go to college, and 87% are in college, jobs or the military within one year of their EVIT training.
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