Posted on November 11, 2016 - Posted in: Awards, News
Canton (November 10, 2016) — MIAT College of Technology announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”
MIAT College of Technology, with locations in Canton, Michigan and Houston, Texas, is proud of our nation’s veterans and active military personnel and is honored to be able to help those who serve, as well as their families.
For more information about MIAT College of Technology’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit MIAT College of Technology’s website at www.miat.edu.
MIAT College of Technology will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on http://militaryfriendly.com.
About Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com.
About MIAT College of Technology:
Since 1969 MIAT School of Technology has helped thousands of individuals get the industry-relevant skills, experience and connections it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers. After more than 45 years in technical career education, MIAT has built an excellent reputation and strong working relationships with top employers. MIAT programs are developed in direct response to feedback from industry leaders looking for qualified employees. MIAT partners directly with employers to develop programs specifically tailored to fit their needs.
About Victory Media:
Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Friendly® brands.
Learn more about Victory Media at http://www.victorymedia.com.
For further information or to arrange interviews, contact: MIAT College of Technology
1-800-447-1310 Victory Media
Gordon C. James PR
Grant Funding and Veteran Assistance Awards for MIAT
MIAT College of Technology was recently awarded two different accolades for their diligence in assisting it’s student veteran community.
The first award was a grant totaling $5,000 for renovations to the Student Veterans Center on campus. The grant was awarded by Student Veterans of American. From the SVA website, “Since 2014, the SVA Vet Center Initiative has built and improved veteran spaces on 61 campuses impacting over 30,000. Recognizing the successes of the last two years, The Home Depot Foundation continues its commitment to student veterans by offering a total of $400,000 to 50 deserving SVA chapters!”
MIAT was also recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan College Access Network for supporting Michigan veterans as they transition from the military to college life.
Along with these accolades, MIAT has also been previously given the honor of being designated a Military Friendly School as well as being certified as a Gold Level Veteran-Friendly School.
Not too long ago the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships took place in Atlanta, Georgia. There, MIAT employee’s Diane Tucker and Holly Arnold were extremely proud of their daughter and sister (respectively), Miranda Tucker. Miranda became the fastest 18-year-old 100-yard breaststroker in the history of the United States, clocking in a time of 58.10. That time broke the previous National Age Group record held by U.S. Olympian Breeja Larson, who held the record with a 58.51 who swam that time at the NCAA Championship in 2011.
Miranda also put herself on the list of Top Ten All-Time Performers in the U.S. History tied in the 10th spot with the legendary gold medal Olympian breaststroker Rebecca Soni.
With a great showing in the 200 breaststroke, Miranda finished with the 3rd fastest time in U.S. history with a 2:06.27. Her final results were a 3rd place finish in the 100 and runner-up Champion in the 200.
Miranda’s focus continues now on her Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2016 for a place on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Everyone at MIAT wishes Miranda the best of luck in her run up to the 2016 Olympic Games and would like to congratulate her on all of her success!
MIAT Hosts Event Introducing Young Girls to Aviation Industry
Some little girls dream of becoming a ballerina, movie star, or even being a princess; but then there are the few…the few that dream of flying as a pilot, becoming an engineer designing new aircraft, or even brave enough to jump out of a plane as a skydiver. These few are our future aviation enthusiasts and on September 26th, 2015 a group of girls from ages 8-14 were able to get a taste of aviation and how exciting it can be when they attended the Girls In Aviation event hosted at MIAT’s Canton Campus.
The girls were able to learn about and explore different types of aircraft, safety wire with some of MIAT’s female graduates as well as rivet sheet metal into nameplates. We had several guest speakers that are female mechanics and pilots who spoke about how much they enjoy their chosen career and what a typical working day was like for them.
All of this was thanks to the Yankee Ladies Aviation Chapter and MIAT for their efforts in continuously enlightening the minds of young girls in Michigan! MIAT is already planning on hosting Girls in Aviation Day again later this year, stay tuned for updates! To learn more about the Aviation Programs at MIAT visit HERE!
MIAT Students Receive Prestigious National Award for Work in Aviation
AMT Magazine sponsored a national contest to find some of the best and brightest in the aviation industry. The ’40 Under 40 Next Gen Awards’ were created to recognize those outstanding young leaders and motivators. MIAT and Eastern Michigan University are proud of graduates Jay Dankoff and Brian Publiski for receiving this prestigious award.
Jay is currently the Aviation Maintenance Excellence Program Lead at Convergent Performance, LLC. In addition to his A&P training he earned his Bachelor in Science in Aviation Management from Eastern Michigan University and was an Egress Structural Mechanic on F/A-18C in the military.
Brian is currently Project Engineer/Manager at Liebherr Aerospace. After his A&P training, he continued his education for a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management both from Eastern Michigan University.
Both of these graduates have made significant contributions to the aviation and aerospace industries and serve as great role models for future generations. MIAT is extraordinarily proud of these young men, and all of it’s graduates who work with pride and dedication in their respective fields.
To learn more about both of these award winners see the current issue of AMT Magazine or view online HERE.
On November 17th the new Spirit-Airbus-MIAT Maintenance Simulation Training Laboratory was officially dedicated in honor of the late Spirit Senior Training Manager Joseph Adanuncio. After a brief presentation and unveiling of a dedication plaque outside Airbus Competency-Based Training (A.C.T) classroom 207, Joe’s wife Diane rang the MIAT A&P bell to officially open the training lab. Representatives from Spirit, Airbus and MIAT were in attendance as well as Joe’s friends and colleagues from throughout the industry.
After months of hard work by Spirit Tech Training and MIAT Staff and Faculty, the state-of-the art lab is now officially open for shared usage by both Spirit Technicians and MIAT aviation students to learn and master Airbus A320 systems, operation, and troubleshooting best practices for modern digital fly-by-wire commercial aircraft.
The Maintenance Simulator is the most advanced aircraft technician training tool in the world, with an immersive 3-D fully functional virtual flight deck and virtual aircraft containing every component and system of the real aircraft in photo-realistic detail. The simulator lab can hold 14 students with a total emphasis on learn-by-doing, proficiency-based training to better prepare technicians for world-class performance on the flight line.
This Airbus Competency-Based Training (A.C.T) lab is the first of its kind to be operational at any airline in the Americas, and first in the world to be placed at an A&P school.
To get more information about our world-class aviation mechanic programs, or take a tour of the school, fill in this form or all one of our Admissions advisors at 1-800-447-1310
Where can you recap on classes you completed over a year ago and be ready for your A&P license by the time you graduate? In the Learning Resource Center (LRC)! The LRC has an A&P License Preparation class that spans Tuesday thru Friday from 10am thru 2pm and 4pm thru 8pm.
The General, Powerplant, and Airframe courses last one week each and cover all subjects needed to test for your Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) License. The class agenda was created with input from Federal Aviation Administration Designated Maintenance Examiner’s (FAA DME) to ensure accurate training in a little amount of time.
There are numerous advantages to prepping at MIAT College of Technology rather than somewhere else. These classes are absolutely free for graduates and non-graduates, and you can take these classes as many times as needed. If you have not graduated yet, you still have the ability to take these classes before or after class starts, and have the potential of achieving a license before graduation. Also there is no traveling and no need to pay to stay in a hotel. Each subject is a week-long and tailored to your learning style. No rush or stress related to time constraints. Learn at your own pace!
MIAT has decades of experience helping students with A&P license preparation. The staff here in the LRC legitimately care about our students’ success, and will give you the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve success.
You do not need to be a graduate to sign up for prep courses. Apply today to prepare yourself for your future success! Sign in sheets are available in the Assistant Director of Training (ADOT) office and the LRC. Classes are going on now!
Meet the Staff: Tom Foley – Over 30 years of experience in Aviation. Tom holds an IA and a pilot license and is the main Instructor for license prep. Sam Bazzi – MIAT Alumni who is currently working in the field as an A&P and has mainstream knowledge of today’s techniques. Akeem Burks – MIAT Alumni with an A&P, Akeem has experienced the hurdles of prepping for the A&P license and knows how to focus your study time and Joe Hutchison – Joe is an A&P and an Alumni of MIAT, Joe has the ability to alter teaching techniques to match your learning style.
Learn more about training in Aviation Maintenance by vising MIAT – Aviation. To arrange a visit with one of our Admissions Advisors or to book a tour of the campus, fill in this easy request form.
MIAT Students Restore Classic B-52 Bomber for Yankee Air Museum
She’s 48 feet tall and dressed in camouflage. Her wingspan is 185 feet and she’s outfitted with eight engines. She has the capacity to carry 60,000 pounds of bombs—she was built to destroy. Her name is Clyde, she’s a Boeing B-52D Stratofortress, and she was placed in the hands of students from MIAT College of Technology who have been given the job to restore her to her original glory.
Airplane survives 600 missions but nearly succumbs to weather
It was December 1972. The Vietnam War was in its 17th year and on its third U.S. President. U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger returned from Paris defeated, after negotiations with North and South Vietnam ended in an impasse. In January, Congress would convene and cut off all funding for the war, which would give North Vietnam a victory by default. President Richard Nixon was convinced the U.S. could win the war, but he had limited time and resources. Feeling pressure, Nixon made an executive decision: to use force.
Operation Linebacker II was vicious. It was the largest bombing campaign in the Vietnam War, and the most powerful weapons in the U.S. air arsenal were front and center: B-52s. On December 18th, over 200 B-52s—including Clyde—rose to the sky from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam and U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. They showered over 5,200 tons of bombs along the 60-mile corridor between Hanoi and Haiphong, North Vietnam’s two largest cities. An operation that began in secret, it immediately drew protest from Americans who dubbed it the “Christmas Bombing”. Despite outrage from American citizens who considered the campaign inhumane, especially considering the holiday season, Nixon refused to relent. Bombs were showered for eleven days, until finally, North Vietnam agreed to resume peace talks. Kissinger returned to Paris on January 9th and negotiations were struck.
Clyde flew over 600 missions during the Vietnam War, and while many of her colleagues fell, she survived—only once getting a surface-to-air missile caught in her wing. After a tumultuous life fighting above the jungles and mountains of Vietnam, she rested at the Carswell Air Force Base in Texas. The Boeing jet took her final flight October 26, 1983, when she flew to Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Michigan. There, she was dedicated to the aircrews who lost their lives in South East Asia during the war, and she retired as part of the Yankee Air Museum’s collection. Unfortunately, Michigan winters are unkind, and she was not built to sit idle and exposed. Portions of the jet were made of magnesium, and after sitting for over thirty years, had deteriorated. What was once a mighty player in the mass carpet-bombing of North Vietnam sat corroding on the tarmac at Willow Run Airport.
Yankee Air Museum chooses Clyde as Centerpiece
Yankee Air Museum loves having the B-52 in their collection; however, for years red tape kept them from modifying, or even repairing, the bomber. Eventually, it had fallen into serious disrepair. A recent change in early 2015 gave Yankee Air control over Clyde’s fate, and as they build their new museum, they plan to restore her and promoter her as the centerpiece of their collection. Even though she will never fly again, she will sit as a testament to the strength and power of the U.S. Air Force in her own specially designed showcase. It was time to finally repair Clyde.
When Yankee Air Museum approached MIAT College of Technology in early summer with a Winter 2015
deadline, the school immediately leapt at the challenge. MIAT is a nearby world-class technical college with an Aviation Maintenance Technology program and the students to take on the task. Beginning in mid-July, instructors Craig Vassel and Dave Howe took their day and afternoon Advanced Sheetmetal classes to Willow Run Airport and began the process, fixing the disrepair one wing at a time.
It’s July. Clyde sits alone on a patch of brown-tipped grass, unassuming and tucked away from the runway traffic. The paint on her camouflage top and black belly has slowly chipped away, weeds breaking through the ground and hugging her wheels. Scaffolding spans the length of the 185 foot wings, with ladders climbing upwards of ten feet to reach the top. Toolboxes, generators, and water bottles are scattered beneath her. The summer sun beats down on the aluminum, intensifying the already high temperatures. Dressed as coolly as they can, as many as 30 students at a time spend entire class periods dissecting—and then restoring—the historic plane.
MIAT Students learn by doing the restoration
The damage to the bomber is severe: there are large patches of deteriorated metal, spotted with holes, on each wing and several of the engine cowlings. After assessing her condition, the instructors decided the best approach was to completely remove and rebuild the exposed sections. Repair of this caliber is a long process, and something many Aviation Maintenance Technicians won’t see until they’ve been in the field for several years; but MIAT students get to learn and apply their skills on the fly, spending weeks completely immersed in the process as they painstakingly restore the airplane. “This is so hands-on,” said student Patrick Wroblewski, expressing his gratitude for the project. “When we get done, we’re going to have a lot more experience. You don’t learn this in books.”
After spending days with the B-52 carefully cutting and sanding away all the deteriorated skin on the wing tip and near the fuselage, the students learned the corrosion had infected deeper than the surface: the stringers, or supports underneath the skin of the wing were also ruined, so they cut those away too. Next, the students had to clean the wing cavity to prevent against any future corrosion, wiping out mud with paper towels and using a wet vac to suck out the remnants of birds’ nests. When the wings were cleaned and the rough edges sanded away, the students utilized their sheetmetal skills to craft new stringers.
They laid their newly cut stringers and moved on to the skin, measuring, cutting, and fitting the new surface of the wing. Using rivets and sealer, they attached the panels to the stringers. “The only real challenges we face are where to put the stringers, or whether or not to use partial or full sheets of metal.” Instructor Dave Howe explained. Challenges like those are preparation for the field, giving the students a chance to make big decisions about restoration before they even leave school. “They’re learning some techniques the FAA program doesn’t even teach,” added instructor Craig Vassel. “And I used to do this! I get excited to show them what I know.”
After weeks of hands-on labor, the first wing was fully repaired. Instructors Vassel and Howe’s next Advanced Sheetmetal class would work on the second wing. “Everyone gets a chance,” explained Howe. “When one class is over, a new class will come. And the school will be involved for a long time on the project,” he added, explaining how the corroded engine cowlings will be brought to the school to restore them.
Teamwork is the key to successful restoration
Student Michael Miller said the biggest lesson they’ve learned during the project is teamwork. “We all work a little bit better, and a little bit harder,” he explained, and instructor Dave Howe agreed, saying that “They’re good workers. It’s rewarding. They’re doing what they’re going to be doing in real life, the way they’ll do it in the field. And they’ll be able to come see this someday and say, ‘Hey, I worked on that. I fixed that.’”
In September, the second round of students arrived on site for the first time. “My first thoughts were about how awesome it is to be up here,” student Nick Yutzy recalled. Student Zachary Albanice agreed, adding that “It’s not every day you get to tell someone you worked on a piece of history.” When the second round classes tackled the remaining wing, they focused primarily on three patches of damage: two near the wing tip and one near the wing root. Like the first classes, they broke themselves into teams and immediately got to work stripping away the damage and measuring, cutting, securing, and polishing the new sheetmetal.
The repair of Clyde is a precedent-setting project for Yankee Air Museum and MIAT; both Craig Vassel and Dave Howe hope their students showed the museum that MIAT students can continue to work as repairmen for Yankee Air Museum, all while gaining hands-on experience that will set them apart. And they have—Yankee Air Museum and MIAT are already working together to plan more future projects for MIAT students. “What they’re doing here is real, it’s realistic.” said Vassel. “They’re going to know all this history and their work will be in the museum, and it’s not every day you get to put your hands on a B-52.”
On the evening of October 6th, the students left Willow Run for the last time. Now, the wing roots and tips are recrafted, and the sheetmetal is shiny and crisp. Clyde will endure the winter without any risk of water, snow, or dirt damaging her. Two of the corroded engine cowlings have been brought back to MIAT for sheetmetal classes to restore, starting in January 2016. When the cowlings are fixed, Yankee Air Museum will paint and prep the bomber, and in summer 2017, Clyde will make the final move from the Willow Run runway to her very own Yankee Air Museum showcase, where she will proudly be the centerpiece of their collection.
MIAT College of Technology Recognized for Efforts in Veteran Services
MIAT College of Technology is extraordinarily proud to be named to militaryfriendly.com’s 2016 list of Military Friendly Schools. Both MIAT campuses—Canton, MI and Houston, TX—have been named to the list, with veterans making up 8% of the student body at the Canton campus and an incredible 37% at the Houston campus.
Military Friendly chooses schools based on an annual data-driven survey, which is open to more than 10,000 VA-approved schools across the country. According to Military Friendly, “Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with assistance of the Advisory Board.” This survey is comprised of categories including academic credibility, support on campus, admissions & orientation, graduation & retention rates, military student body, and more.
MIAT’s Canton Campus is one of 13 schools in the state of Michigan that has a Veteran Resource Representative. This representative is trained on federal and state benefits, including the usage of the GI Bill. This benefits MIAT’s veteran students by providing them with one-on-one guidance to help them understand their benefits and navigate post military education.
All of MIAT’s programs are approved to train VA eligible students, spouses, and children. We also offer a variety of support services, including part-time job assistance, a Student Veterans Organization (SVO), and career service assistance for post-graduation. MIAT works very closely with VA agencies to ensure our students receive the appropriate support both in and out of the classroom. This combined with our hands-on training and industry-driven curriculum, make for an education that prepares students for a career—not just a job.
MIAT College of Technology Among Top-Tier Michigan Schools for Veteran Students & Their Families
This month MIAT School of Technology received GOLD standing as a Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents.
“These rankings make it simple for veterans and their dependents to identify schools throughout Michigan that are committed to supporting them and helping them succeed,” said MVAA Director Jeff Barnes. “Through the Veteran-Friendly School program, veterans will know exactly what services are available to them when they walk onto campus, so they never have to feel alone.”
The gold, silver or bronze rankings are determined by the number of services a school offers to student veterans. Program criteria includes:
On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or staffed veterans center
Active student-operated veteran association
Established process for the identification of current student veterans
Evaluation and awarding of credit for military training and experience
Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, completion and graduation rates
Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran job placement rates
To achieve Gold standing, schools must display six or more of the above services. MIAT offers all 7 of the sought-after services for student veterans.
Barnes says “veterans attending these institutions have a variety of services and resources available to them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is a state government agency housed within Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. It serves as the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, and connects them to services and benefits throughout the state.