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Airport-area students shadow Hartsfield-Jackson employees
By Roishina C. Henderson

Fernando Chavez, 17, was thrilled to be able to pick the brains of aviation professionals at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s 2009 “One Great Day of Job Shadowing” on February 27.

“I want to learn as much as I can,” the North Clayton High School senior said. “I know that I want to be an engineer one day, and I have an interest in aviation. I plan to go to school for this.”

In honor of Black History Month, about 245 Airport-area middle school and high school students talked with 32 career exhibitors in the AirTran Airways hangar. Representatives from Department of Aviation units and aviation professionals from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Organization of Black Airline Pilots and the Transportation Security Administration were on hand to answer questions and provide career information. Students also toured the FAA air-traffic control tower and Delta Air Lines’ Flight Training Center.

When three Grady High School seniors approached Larry White, a human resources specialist in the Department of Aviation, he was ready to talk about careers. “What are your plans for college?” he asked them.

“I’m planning to major in criminal justice at Albany State,” Nicole Billings, 17, said.

Billings’ classmates, twins Rahmelle and Rachel Thompson-Buchanan, said they hoped to attend Spelman College. Rahmelle is interested in psychology, and Rachel wants to study computer science.

“Always do your research” for colleges and future jobs, White advised.

The students also participated in an essay contest, in which they were asked to share ideas about customer appreciation events that they would plan if they were customer service managers at Hartsfield-Jackson. First-place winner Andres White, a senior at Grady High School, received two roundtrip AirTran tickets and an internship in the Department of Aviation’s Public Affairs unit at Hartsfield-Jackson.


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