Over 900 people packed the Amway hangar Thursday, May 22, to hear the dramatic retelling of the NASA’s memorable Apollo 13 moon mission by astronaut James Lovell and flight director, Gene Kranz, at the West Michigan Aviation Academy’s Leaders of Tomorrow Gala.
The West Michigan Aviation Academy is preparing to graduate its first class, four years after Dick DeVos announced he was starting the charter public school.
Captain James Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, and Gene Kranz, flight director for the memorable space mission for NASA, are the keynote speakers for the West Michigan Aviation Academy’s Leaders of Tomorrow Gala on Thursday, May 22.
Walk down the halls of the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids, and often, something unusual happens.
Without prompting, high school students wearing the same blue monogrammed shirts will step up, look you straight in the eye, pump your right hand with a hearty shake and introduce themselves by name.
West Michigan Aviation Academy has entered into an agreement with Northwestern Michigan College that will allow its graduates to receive eight credits upon enrollment at the college.
The credits would validate successful completion of the curriculum equivalent of NMC’s private pilot ground school and aviation maintenance courses while enrolled at the aviation charter high school, located on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.