Although there is constant peril with airlines and the aviation industry, the demand for well-qualified aviators is still high. And an avid aviator and educator, Dick DeVos had this essentially in mind when he established the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010.
WMAA charter school resides in Grand Rapids at the Gerald R.Ford Airport and does not require high-school students to pay any tuition. The West Michigan Aviation Academy not only focuses on providing students with skills in aviation, but it also employs the teaching of other educational subjects such as math, technology, science, and engineering.
Learning the full extent of all things aviation, enables the students to better break into the special facets of the aviation industry.
Another great benefit of the West Michigan Aviation Academy is that it collaborates with various colleges to provide students the option of earning early credits that can be used to advance their college education and future career in the aviation industry.
It was just last year in October of 2015 that the Academy was awarded a 150K grant from the Delta Air Foundation. The academy utilized this very generous grant to purchase a Ceessna 172 plane which now gives the academy 2 Cessnas to train their total of 550 students with.
The (WMAA) is considered one of the largest and most accredited aviation schools in all of Michigan and its vast notoriety can only be attributed to its founder Dick DeVos’s great commitment and dedication. In only 6 small years since it was initially launched, the WMAA (West Michigan Aviation Academy) has grown leaps and bounds. It continues to breed aviation movers and shakers that will someday become pioneers in aviation, just like their school’s founder, Dick DeVos.