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On Dec. 11, CHC Helicopter and the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School announced the beginning of a partnership in Guyana that will include four scholarships for deserving students to continue to pursue their aircraft maintenance engineer’s licence, as well as the provision of additional educational resources, such as time-expired helicopter parts and airframes, in the future.
The partnership may also be expanded to include instruction from CHC engineers as well as internships and future placement opportunities for graduates of the school.
“We are proud to be the first helicopter company to make this type of investment in the future success of the Guyana aviation community,” said Karl Fessenden, president and CEO of CHC Helicopter. “We have made a commitment to invest in the communities we operate in across the world and remain committed to helping build a passion for safety and professionalism in aviation and the rotorcraft industry everywhere we operate.”
The partnership formally began with the selection of four deserving students that will receive financial scholarships worth US$1,000 each. They were chosen using the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School’s ISO 9001 QMS procedures for student performance.
CHC has also created a local internship position that will allow one student the opportunity to join the operation for three months while building their skills in both maintenance and ground operations through work experience and additional safety, operational training and educational opportunities.
“I want to congratulate our students on being the first to receive this scholarship reward and thank CHC for their support of our school,” said Capt. Malcolm Chan-a-Sue, A.A., M.S., CEO. “We look forward to building additional programs and opportunities for our students to receive financial support, add new opportunities for hands on training for helicopters, and open up new career opportunities with CHC as they grow their careers at and beyond our campus.”