HOUSTON, Texas (April 8, 2019) – Nusly Pac and Rich Whiteside have been promoted recently to new roles at MIAT College of Technology’s Houston Campus. Pac serves as the Senior Financial Aid Officer and Veterans Coordinator. Whiteside serves as the Director of Special Projects.
“Everyone associated with MIAT College of Technology is fortunate to have access to the talent and experience that Nusly and Rich bring to their work at our Houston campus. Both are consummate professionals who are deeply committed to serving our students as well as the employers who will hire them upon graduation. They are knowledgeable, approachable, compassionate, and always ready to go the extra mile whenever needed,” commented John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president.
More About Nusly Pac
Pac joined the staff of MIAT in Houston in 2014. She is responsible for providing personalized financial assistance to all students while also addressing specific opportunities, needs and educational benefits uniquely suited to U.S. military veterans. Her background and passion for serving those in the armed forces provides a significant advantage for the Houston campus, with veterans accounting for about 30 percent of MIAT’s student population at the Houston campus.
Pac served in the National Guard from 2010 through 2016. She is the recipient of the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Reserves Components Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Army Reserves Component Overseas Training Ribbon; the Adjutant General’s Individual Award; and the Texas Humanitarian Service Ribbon.
More About Rich Whiteside
Whiteside joined MIAT in 1996 as an aviation maintenance instructor. Since then, he has served in a variety of administrative roles including Director of Training at the Canton Campus, Campus Director at the Houston Campus, and National Director of Training for MIAT.
Whiteside applied for and was appointed to the prestigious position as a Federal Aviation Administration Designated Mechanic Examiner. A Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) is an individual who is appointed in accordance with the FAA’s 14 CFR section 183.25, holds a valid aviation mechanic certificate, possesses technical knowledge and experience required for aviation mechanic certification, and meets the qualification requirements of the FAA’s Order 8900.2, General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook.
With his new duties as an FAA DME, Whiteside has transitioned into the role of Director of Special Projects for MIAT’s
Houston campus. In this new role with MIAT, he supports strategic initiatives related to curriculum development and instruction supporting the mission and growth of the Houston campus. Whiteside’s contributions to MIAT for more than 20 years coupled with his extensive aviation industry experience make him ideally suited for this role.
Having been a student at Detroit Institute of Aeronautics (now known as MIAT College of Technology, Whiteside earned an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance from Eastern New Mexico University and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from Siena Heights University.
About MIAT College of Technology
MIAT College of Technology was founded in Michigan in 1969 and has built a strong reputation and effective, mutually beneficial working relationships with leading employers throughout the United States. Having almost 50 years of vocational and technical education experience, MIAT serves several hundred students at its 125,000 square-foot headquarters facility in Canton near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and its 40,400 square-foot campus in Houston near the Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston campus, which opened in 2010, is approved to accept international students and is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Both campuses offer admissions guidance, career services, financial services, housing assistance, and a Learning Resource Center, and are approved for Federal Military and Veterans Education Benefits (VA).
With the support of highly qualified and actively engaged faculty and staff, MIAT College of Technology has graduated thousands of students since its inception. MIAT equips its students with the industry-relevant skills, experience, relationships and connections to employers that it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers.
MIAT develops its programs and curricula in direct response to feedback and input from industry leaders who are seeking qualified employees. The school collaborates with its employer partners to tailor its programs to address the highest needs and priorities of the end users in the industries that they exist to serve. MIAT graduates gain the confidence and extensive preparation that facilitate a smooth transition into the workplace through their industry-influenced, practical training.
MIAT also offers customized industry-specific training for strategic employment partners locally and nationally, which include the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Siemens, Marathon Oil, DTE, and many others. The Canton campus offers Career and Technical Education programs with numerous local high schools, and the Houston campus also offers a co-op program via the Houston Independent School District at Sterling High School near Hobby Airport.
In addition to Aviation Maintenance Technology, MIAT offers programs full-time in Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR), Energy, and Wind Power. The school’s curriculum for the Aviation Maintenance Technology Associate in Applied Science degree and Airframe and Powerplant Technician certificate is approved by the FAA under CFR Part 147. MIAT is now also offering programs in Welding at its Houston campus and for Electro-Mechanical Technology at its Canton campus.
For more information, please visit www.miat.edu or call the Canton campus at 800-447-1310 or the Houston campus at 888-547-7047. Tours at each campus are welcome and available by appointment.
MIAT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).