Representatives from Northern Lights Public Schools and CAE gathered at Art Smith Aviation Academy Monday to sign a partnership agreement that will provide the school with enhanced learning opportunities for students.
“We are excited to work with CAE to provide Art Smith students with hands-on learning opportunities directly related to the aviation industry,” said Board Chair Mandi Skogen. “Our students will benefit enormously from CAE’s wealth of expertise and experience.”
CAE is a Canadian manufacturer of simulation technologies, modelling technologies and training services to airlines, aircraft manufacturers, defense customers, and healthcare specialists. Each year, they train more than 120,000 civil and defense crew members, as well as thousands of health care professionals.
“CAE is proud to partner with the Art Smith Aviation Academy, an academic institution that fosters several of our own passions; science, technology, aerospace, and training,” said Joe Armstrong, Vice President and General Manager CAE Canada.
“CAE places great importance on supporting the communities where our employees work and live. Education and special experiences in childhood often spark an interest that we hope will fuel the next generation to fulfil their dreams.”
While Northern Lights and CAE have agreed to work together, exactly what that will look like hasn’t been worked out yet. “It’s laying the groundwork,” says Northern Light Communications Officer Nicole Garner. “I think how it’s going to work is they’ll take advantage of CAE’s resources and maybe have some people come and talk to the kids. They’re talking about other ways that they can work together and help out the school but nothing’s really concrete yet.”