More than 12,000 eighth grade students from the region had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of potential careers at the annual Mission Tomorrow Career Fair at the Richmond Raceway Complex Oct. 26-27.
The Virginia Department of Aviation was one of more than 150 Richmond area exhibitors represented at the career fair, which had students participating from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond. Eighth grade is a critical year for students as they are deciding on coursework pathways for their high school years and beyond.
The ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team was on hand at the event with its light sport amphibious aircraft to excite students and teach them about how airplanes fly. The eighth graders also had the opportunity to see an aeronautical chart, experience how an aircraft magneto operates and work with a standalone airplane engine.
DOAV Public Relations and Education staff had information available about scholarships, programs and art contests for students. The team answered questions from the youth about potential careers in aviation.
This year’s event also included a parent night to enable parents/guardians the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers their eighth graders could pursue. DOAV staff was present to speak directly to parents to about how children can make the careers a reality.
Story credit: Virginia Dept. of Aviation; https://doav.virginia.gov/calendar-and-news/news/2022-october/doav-introduces-students-to-aviation-careers-at-mission-tomorrow-2022/