Sunday, May 10, 2009

College & Career Readiness

The Certificate of Appreciation recently sent to us by a State Senator was in recognition of the support we provide for the local community and schools. Last Friday, CWAM and CAF hosted another event supporting college and career readiness for High Schools in South Dallas County. The event was co-ordinated by Goldenheart, a local community organization.

Many of the students attending were in the JROTC (military training) program. The 500 plus young men and women who visited were well behaved and seemed interested in the information and programs presented. Students came from Carter, A Maceo Smith, Pinkston and South Oak Cliff High Schools.

All of the services presented information about college and programs and had personnel available to answer questions.

Last year, a similar event was hosted inside the Cold War Air Museum (CWAM). This year, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF-DFW) hosted the event and CWAM provided support with volunteers and aircraft at the CAF hangar.

The AN-2 shown behind the students in the lead picture flew in for the event. This Cold-War era, Russian aircraft is regularly flown to events by one of the museum associates. Bruce, the Cold War Air Museum President, is shown greeting the owner and flight crew and thanking them for supporting the event.

Students had a fun opportunity to see and touch a part of history they had studied in conjunction with businesses and colleges presenting career information.

One of the surprise hits at the event was an all electric, street legal car driven by one of the museum associates. This vehicle is a "green" alternative for traveling to and from work. In addition to the aircraft, students enjoyed seeing and sitting in the electric car.

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