OZARK (AL), WTVY Alabama Aviation College in Ozark is seeing the first spike in enrollment in ten years.
They tell WTVY/WRGX this is thanks to the recent high demand for industry workers as student interest quite literally, takes off.
Dean of Student Services at the school, Olivier Charles, says this year’s enrollment, sets the bar high for future years to come.
“We had a really good year this year which is always scary when you have such a good year,” says Charles. “But we're taking that momentum and pushing it forward and I think we see the potential of what we can do."
Graduates of the specialized technical college go on to high paying jobs both locally, nationally, and even internationally. Recent graduates have scored high paying jobs at Vegas Helicopter, Disney World, Boeing, and Airbus.
Student recruiter Jenna Judah says the amount graduates can earn right out of school, is tremendous.
“The money in this industry is really quite phenomenal. It blows my mind… I’m seeing my students getting 20 dollars/hour up to 50 dollars/hour,” says Judah. “It’s what this industry is about. We're about getting our hands dirty, doing the work, and getting paid really good money for it."
The school hopes to see a 5 to 10 percent growth over the next three years.
They also hope to add more dual enrollment students on campus.
The Aviation college is part of Enterprise State Community College.