Monday, January 23, 2017

MC students receive scholarships from CAF Desert Squadron

Pictured left to right are Chris Villarreal, 2017 recipient of the Marie Pearson Memorial Scholarship; Ray Pearson; Margaret Cloyd; and Adam Dutchover, 2017 recipient of the Tom Cloyd Memorial Scholarship
• Chris Villarreal and Adam Dutchover awarded Aviation Maintenance Technology scholarships

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On January 19, the Odessa-based Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B29/B24 Desert Squadron awarded Midland College (MC) students Chris Villarreal and Adam Dutchover with scholarships to continue their studies in Aviation Maintenance Technology at MC.

Villarreal was presented with the Marie Pearson Memorial Scholarship, and Adam Dutchover received the Tom Cloyd Memorial Scholarship.

“The CAF Desert Squadron has been very supportive of our program and has awarded several of our students who are now alumni with scholarships in the past,” said Thomas Branon, MC Aviation Maintenance program chair.

For approximately 20 years, Midland College’s (MC) aviation maintenance technology program has been preparing students for careers as aviation airframe and aviation powerplant technicians. All classes are held at MC’s aviation maintenance technology training hangar located at Midland International Air and Space Port, 2405 Windecker. The hangar contains state-of-the-art equipment that offers students hands-on training on actual aircraft. After successfully completing the entire 40-hour certificate program, students are qualified to take Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examinations for airframe or powerplant licenses.

“A program completer who receives his or her FAA license will be able to get a job in aircraft maintenance at the general aviation level, the corporate aviation level and the airline level,” explained Branon. “In addition, MC aviation maintenance completers are currently working with turbine-powered compressors in the oil and wind energy industries and in the military. Our former students are also working with elevator companies and as general mechanics in several other fields. Jobs are plentiful, and Midland College students are found to be well-trained and disciplined. Entry-level salaries range from $15 to $22 per hour and advance rapidly to annual salaries of $80,000 to $125,000.”

For more information about MC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program, contact Branon at or (432) 563-8952.

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