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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Prior Aviation Hosts Fly-in Career Fair

On February 27, the NFTA and Prior Aviation hosted a Fly-In Career Fair for Maryvale's NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism students.  

The Fly-in which was held at one of Prior's hangars at the Buffalo International Airport, provided a unique opportunity for students to engage in one-on-one conversations with representatives from the NFTA, Prior Aviation, Delaware North, JetBlue Airways, the TSA and Enterprise Car Rental.   Throughout the day, the students had the chance to talk in small groups about what type of opportunities are available in the hospitality industry and ask detailed questions specific to each organization that was on hand. 

Maryvale High School is one of two area high schools that offers an intense course of study to qualifying sophomores through seniors that focuses exclusively on the hospitality & tourism industry.  The academy courses are offered in addition to the students’ regular curriculum and is intended to help them make informed decisions on what they may want to pursue in college and possibly their ultimate career.    Mark McNess, who is the Academy lead teacher said, "The students take a plethora of classes that help them define what they want to do in their future.  In addition they are offered great exposure to the wonderful connections that we have in our community like the one we have with the NFTA." 

Approximately 20 students took part in the fly-in and many of them took advantage "flying" one of the few private jets that were located in the hangar.    One of the students, Jamie Kolarch, said, "It was great; I actually got to see it from a point of view when there is nobody on the plane and see what it actually looks like clean and not in use.  What a great experience." 

The day ended with a post-event review and all were on their way - by bus that is!  Thanks to everyone who took part in this, it was very informative for the students and a whole lot of fun!