William Aaron Atherton | AMT Graduate

In November 2011, I graduated Spartan. While there, Spartan presented information about me to Lockheed Martin Avionics Company in Georgia, so that I have my first job with this dynamic company in Marietta Georgia building military aircraft for our nation and our allies. The Marietta plant has been in operation for sixty years!

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics performs. It has a record of results based on hard work and diligence to meet commitments to customers. I believe there are challenges that all business face, but I am confident I and my company will meet those challenges.

I take pride in all that I have done and it is my duty to do better. The work I do directly impacts the work other do and hinging on effects of lives in the air. Flubs are unacceptable. I know what I do makes a difference for our country and nation.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is committed to making the company more efficient and agile. Making bold and responsible action is necessary to meet customers’ expectations and reduce costs. My company produces five military aircraft, in whole or in part in Marietta; customers include the United States government and those of other countries.
One of our must popular planes, the F-22 Raptor, had its final rollout on December 13, 2011. I was allowed to go to the final ceremony just to see the ‘most awesome fighters in the world! Have no fear, the best is here!

I build the C-130, a quite versatile aircraft. It is used for combat, to provide help and relief in natural disasters, watch for hurricanes, and protecting our borders. In November 1, 2011 we rolled out the 250th C-130J Super Hercules on time and on budget and recently delivered an entire fleet to one of our allies.

With such a record of excellence Lockheed is committed to C-130 production with optimal attitude. Every time I see a C-130 I think, ‘those could be my wings on that plane.’

This is a great company in which I can move forward my avionics career. It all started with my Spartan education AMT certificate. I am looking forward to completing my first year. Marietta is a city that has perks and specialty shops and lots of history. I am glad to be working at such a worthy company.

Gregory Hernandez | Spartan College Graduate

Right after my graduation from Spartan back in 2009 I landed a Job with AAR CORP in Oklahoma City and not even three months into it I got call back in to service again with the U.S Army Reserves. After a long ten month deployment to Afghanistan I was happy to know that my job was held by AAR and currently I’m working for the company in Oklahoma City. I’m working on gaining more experience as an A&P Mechanic and at the same time thanks to my training at Spartan and the people and friends I met I obtained my Private Pilot License and currently I’m working on getting my instrument rating with the help of my friend and also a graduate from Spartan Erwin Winkler. My ultimate Goal is to become a Commercial Pilot and work for the Airlines. Because of the great memories with the faculty and the friends I met at Spartan I’m looking forward to maybe enroll once again at Spartan College after I complete my commercial and CFI rating to go for the Bachelors Degree.

Gregory Hernandez

John Pence | AMT Graduate

My time at Spartan began January of 2010 and marks the turnaround point in my life. I am now a graduate of the AMT program and a complete transformation has taken place since my first day at Spartan. During orientation, Mr. Worthington spoke on attitude. While some disregarded his wisdom I kept it close to my heart and realized that I would only be as successful as I allowed myself to think. I realized that I could only go so far on a good education from Spartan and that I needed a mindset that was always positive and continually striving to improve myself. The truly great thing about life, and Spartan, is that hardship, trials, and obstacles are going to come. The key is to rise above all opposition to truly accomplish a life of worth.

I finished my schooling in July of 2011 with a wealth of knowledge in the field of Air Maintenance Technology. I learned many life lessons in addition to the extensive training I was receiving in the classroom and in labs.
Five months before graduating, I began to look hard into my future and what I wanted to do and set goals to accomplish. Given my education and the strong relationships I made while in school, it became apparent that I could work anywhere or do anything in the world of aviation that I desired. I entertained offers from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Duncan Aviation, American Airlines, Spirit Aviation, and the list literally goes on and on. I took that same positive attitude mentality that developed at Spartan towards my goals, with a mindset of, “Why Not Me” and I began the application process into the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Becoming a Cadet had always been a dream of mine that I never pursued due to a negative attitude that was based upon the preconceived notion that I wasn’t good enough. That could not have been further from the truth and I tell you today, in addition to receiving my A&P license and learning so much about aviation, I am now apart of the graduating class of 2016 from the United States Air Force Academy due to the transformation that happened in my life while at Spartan. And it all boils down to my attitude.

Brian Reed | AMT Graduate

I first learned of Spartan College shortly after leaving the Air Force where I served as an aircraft mechanic for six years working on the U-2. I thought Spartan would be a good way for me to expand my knowledge base and further my career in aviation maintenance. I couldn’t have been happier with the caliber of classroom instruction and how much we did in the shop. Like I said I come from an aircraft background and I loved the variety of training we get from Spartan. I believe the training I received helped to make me a better and more well rounded mechanic. Before I even finished my schooling I received an offer for employment from Bell Helicopter where I am currently a quality assurance inspector for their H-1 program. I’m loving my new career and I have Spartan College and their wonderful instructors to thank for that.

Thank you very much,
Brian Reed
Quality Assurance Inspector
Bell Helicopter