Dick DeVos’ West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is a charter school located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. It currently enroll 490 students, 9-12th grade, who have an interest in aviation, science or engineering.
DeVos, a pilot himself, is a generous philanthropist and a huge proponent of education. His dollars have made it possible for many underprivileged children to go to better schools and prepare for college. This Spring will host the first graduating class.
In a move to help students get the jump on college, WMAA is partnering with Northwestern Michigan College (NWM) to allow graduates to enter the college with 8 credits. “The agreement will definitely help student save and money,” said NWA director Aaron Cook. “We are really happy that we have a local college that can do so much to help students.”
It was recently announced that the school will be undergoing another expansion. WMAA was to be constructed in phases. I, II and III have already been completed. Phase IV will be underway in a few weeks and is slated to be completed by early 2017. The new space will have more classrooms, laboratories and a hangar.
The school’s curriculum is on par with some of the best schools in the region. Students are required to take science, engineering, advanced math and other technical courses along with the aviation courses.
Students who have graduated are offered the opportunity to further their aviation career at Davenport University or Ferris State University. Both offer Bachelor degrees in business with an aviation concentration.
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