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Students Soar at Innovative West Michigan Aviation Academy

The average American annual salary is under $60,000, whereas the average annual salary of pilots is over $188,000 — $128,000 higher. Yet there is a pilot shortage. These positions do not require a college degree but instead specialized training, and the training need not wait until students complete high school. Read More ›
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Flight instructor and student inside small Piper aircraft
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A Proven High School Model to Replicate

In 2010, the doors opened to a new type of tuition-free public charter high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Located adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, West Michigan Aviation Academy has been turning out more than just future pilots for the past 13 school years. Read More ›
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Let’s Align High School to Workforce Needs

The perceived value of higher education has been plummeting for years, yet tuition prices continue to rise at levels outpacing the increased career earning power in several fields. Combine the financial cost and the misalignment of college courses with the labor markets, and it’s no surprise that traditional higher education is on the decline. Read More ›
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Asian tourist man walking on the old and broken wood bridge
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What Will It Take to Put U.S. K-12 Education on a Better Path?

Parents want the student learning loss remedied. They are no longer satisfied with the ineffective one-size-fits-all approach. What will it take to make up for the learning loss and set the United States’ K-12 education system on a better trajectory? Read More ›
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Group of elementary school kids running at school, back view
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Making Up for Lost Learning

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus school closures have led to student learning loss. What is the plan to combat that loss? Read More ›