The Santa Barbara Airport will host a Career Day on May 24 to celebrate twenty years as Isla Vista Elementary School’s Adopt-A-School Program partner. Six hundred elementary students will have opportunities to interact with aviation professionals from 10am-2pm at Isla Vista. The goal is to introduce students to the way science, technology, engineering and math can be utilized in the course of their daily work and to excite them about potential STEM careers of the future.
Twenty years ago, the Chamber of Commerce and the County Education Office created the Adopt-A-School Program. Chamber members were challenged to become partners with one of the local schools and Santa Barbara Airport selected Isla Vista Elementary School. The selection was based on:
• Cultural diversity
• Linguistic challenges
• Financial needs
• Proximity to the Airport
Highlights of the two decade long relationship include:
• Back to School Events/ Friday Homework Folders
• Yearly 6th grade graduation party at the Santa Barbara Zoo
• Future Flyers- 2 day aviation classes at Santa Barbara Airport
• Wings of Triumph Trophy - Balsa Airplane contest fly-off
• Science Fair and Career Events like Moon Rocks and Space suits!
• Children’s Choir performance during Songs of the Season at SBA
• Yearly “Jog A Thon” Sponsorship
• Yearly IV Teachers /Staff Appreciation!
“Teachers and administration have appreciated the consistency going forward, and have come to depend on our partnership. It brings them encouragement to know that the Airport has their backs. For us, it’s a joyous experience to be able to be a part of their support team,” said Tim Lawton, Education Liaison for the Santa Barbara Airport. “They know we’re here to stay and will continue to help their students succeed for at least the next twenty years!”
Participants for Career Day include:
• Alaska Airlines – Careers at an Airline
• FAA Air Traffic Control Tower – Careers in Air Traffic Control
• Santa Barbara Radio Control Modelers Club – Flight Demo
• Pilot Training/Aircraft Maintenance – Above All Aviation – Careers as a Pilot/Mechanic
• Santa Barbara City Fire Department – Career as a Firefighter
• Santa Barbara Airport Airfield Operations – Careers in Airfield Operations
• Santa Barbara Airport Maintenance Staff – Careers in Airport Maintenance
• Santa Barbara Airport Business Management – Careers in Airport Management
• Santa Barbara Airport Marketing Staff – Careers in Airport Marketing and Community Relations
WHAT: Isla Vista Career Day
WHEN: Wednesday, May 24
WHERE: Isla Vista Elementary School - 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta, CA 93117
Media are invited to attend. Please contact Lynn Houston in the Marketing Division at 805-319-1400 or LHouston@SantaBarbaraCA.gov to set up specific times for interviews.