Failure to Build the Workforce is Bad for Business – Part I

The inability of aviation & aerospace manufacturers to find capable employees is reaching critical levels and is anticipate to become more acute in the future.

Failure to Build the Workforce is Bad for Business – Part II

The aviation/aerospace industry already knows it has a skills gap but the skills needed in the future will require a complete reset of employer-employee relations.

Industry, Academia Must Break Down Silos to Develop Future Workforce

By Kathryn B. Creedy 15 minute read Education reform needed to develop interdisciplinary talent Corporations and educators must remove silos Companies already taking interdisciplinary approach to OJT for better outcomes Changing curriculum is massive challenge Traditional college degree or certification focus? Wholistic approach needed to solve technical, social and economic issues raised by deployment ofContinue reading “Industry, Academia Must Break Down Silos to Develop Future Workforce”

Mitre, NGA, Feds Launch Neurodiversity Pilot Program

By Kathryn B. Creedy While most people think women and people of color when it comes to increasing diversity, there are many other constituencies needing a place at the table if diversity and inclusion (D&I) is to really mean anything. That signals the importance of a new Neurodiverse Federal Workforce (NFW) pilot program, a collaborativeContinue reading “Mitre, NGA, Feds Launch Neurodiversity Pilot Program”

ATEC Illustrates Difficult Path to Education Reform

By Kathryn B. Creedy The opening of applications for two $5 million workforce aviation/aerospace workforce grant programs is a positive move, coming more than two years after the 2018 Reauthorization package calling for their creation. However, it is only the tip of the iceberg on the towering task to promote aviation careers and reform aviation/aerospaceContinue reading “ATEC Illustrates Difficult Path to Education Reform”

Industry Educational Resources Reaching Millions, Serious Education Reform Needed

15 Minute Read Industry Still Inventing the Same Wheel Despite Need to Amplify What’s Already There Manufacturing Career Education Boosted by State/Industry Efforts Aviation/Aerospace Education Provides Economic Mobility, Transforms Families Academia Questions How to Keep Up with Changing Technology Education Delivery Must Be Different Lifelong Continuing Education Needed Aviation/Aerospace Career Promotion Still Needed By KathrynContinue reading “Industry Educational Resources Reaching Millions, Serious Education Reform Needed”

How Poor Schools Can Tap Aviation/Aerospace Education Resources

By Kathryn B. Creedy Don’t ever tell Shella Condino it is impossible to bring aviation/aerospace education to even the poorest schools. Condino is a gutsy Filipino immigrant who opted for Presidio High School in Texas to launch her teaching career rather than an international academy. “Presidio was where I was needed,” she said. “It wasn’tContinue reading “How Poor Schools Can Tap Aviation/Aerospace Education Resources”

Aviation’s Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care, In hopes that — come morning — they all would be there. The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, With gusts from two-forty atContinue reading “Aviation’s Night Before Christmas”

FAA Clears Santa for Annual Flight

Editor’s Note: This was published in 1998 when I worked for FAA Public Affairs Washington, DC — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared Santa Claus for his annual Christmas flight after certifying his fire-engine-red sleigh. Registered in the North Pole as NP-HoHoHo, the sleigh is an all-metal sleigh-craft powered by nine reindeer. In a bidContinue reading “FAA Clears Santa for Annual Flight”

Making Aviation/Aerospace Workforce Programs More Effective

By Kathryn B. Creedy 12-minute read Workforce development programs not as effective as they should be Tectonic social & economic shifts are driving workforce changes Companies add social justice to social responsibility for more success Aviation & Aerospace lag behind other industries How to build the cultural shifts needed for tomorrow’s workforce Crowd Sourcing Alert:Continue reading “Making Aviation/Aerospace Workforce Programs More Effective”