Hillsboro Aero Academy, January 24, 2018 - PORTLAND, Oregon - Windells Academy, the famed action sports boarding school, and Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA), the largest combined helicopter and airplane pilot training school in the US, have partnered to create the nation's first high school boarding program in which students can earn their professional pilot certifications while at the same time working toward their high school diploma.
Students enrolling in the Windells Academy Aviation Program will have the potential to earn their licenses and ratings to become professional airplane or helicopter pilots and obtain a college degree in aviation through HAA's unique partnerships.
This new program will kick off with the Aviation Discovery Program, a seven-week course providing students with an introduction to multiple areas of aviation, starting June 18, 2018 and eventually evolving into a full program starting in September 2018.
The Windells Academy Aviation Program is the first program of its kind in the country, and unique because Windells Academy is an action sports boarding school that will provide a unique student life experience. Enrollment in the Aviation Program opens in January with a seven-week Aviation Discovery Program commencing in June 2018. Open to both international and domestic students between 14-18 years old, the program will offer students the potential to enter a career that is forecasted to grow exponentially for the next 20 years.
"Our students are driven and talented athletes with Olympic and X-Games prospects, but now we are able to offer our students the opportunity to train for a career in a blossoming industry," stated Kevin English, President of Windells Academy. "We are truly pleased to be working with Windells on this project," stated Jon Hay, CEO of Hillsboro Aero Academy, "the synergies are phenomenal--- both organizations have a very clear focus on offering a personalized approach to coaching and training for every student," he added.
Windells Academy, started in 1989, is a premier name globally as an action sports boarding school and Hillsboro Aero Academy has trained thousands of airplane and helicopter pilots since 1980—together they will bring a truly unique program to 14-18 year olds. "The beauty of this program," continued English, who is a certificated pilot himself, "is that we will be able to train high school student to become airplane and helicopter pilots preparing them for a career that has tremendous growth prospects well into the future."
About Windells Academy: Windells Academy is a world class action sports program for developing today's most driven and talented student athletes. It caters to students focused on year-round training as well as academics. Credits accrued while attending Windells Academy are transferable in or out of any school, national or international. Windells Academy students receive personalized coaching and academic support. Academy students have access to natural snow 12 months a year at Mt. Hood, around North America and the world. The Academy sits on 28 acres of private campus; home to world renowned off hill training facilities.
About Hillsboro Aero Academy: Hillsboro Aero Academy is one of the largest helicopter and airplane flight training academies in the United States. With a fleet of over 90 aircraft, Hillsboro Aero Academy flies in excess of 70,000 flight hours per year from its three campuses in Oregon. During its 38 years in business, the company has trained thousands of pilots, and its graduates fly for operators worldwide.