Growing up in the Denver area, Alex always loved cars and things that went fast. As he grew up, his love for aviation grew as well. So when the time came, he signed up for Redstone College (Now Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology) and graduated from the Airframe and Powerplant program with a job at Northrup Grumman.
Alex is excited knowing that the projects that he works on are making a difference in STEM. Currently, Alex works at Ball Aerospace as a Production Supervisor.
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Aviation Electronics Graduate Pricilla Caballero came into Spartan College with almost no knowledge of flying but knew she wanted to become a pilot first before anything. After getting transferred into the Avionics program, she found a program that was good for her.
Spartan College Instructor Jeff Disher is the lead Radiography Instructor and Radiation Safety Officer at the school. With over fifteen years of experience ranging in over three different fields, Jeff was looking to give back to the industry that has given him so much.
When Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology math instructor John Ponder, came to Spartan with a passion for not only aviation, but for teaching as well. With 17 years of being a high school math teacher, John wanted to spread his wings bridge the gap of his two passions.
When the opportunity at Spartan College came up for John, he took it with the idea that he could not only teach, but teach something that his students will use every day in their aviation career paths.
With a fascination dating back to his early childhood, Brian wanted to fly. With having two parents in the Air Force and spending his formative years in Germany, when it came time for school Brian ended up in Oklahoma with a surrogate family who also was in the Air Force.
With help of his surrogate father who was a flight instructor himself, Brian would go up to the Base on the weekends and asked himself “Why can’t I fly?” Following the path to becoming a pilot in the military, Brian found himself at Spartan in 2013 as an active duty member. Today Brian is in the reserves and is now the campus president.
Graduate James Vargas, retired from the Navy after twenty years, originally wanted to go school after the military for business administration, but quickly discovered that aviation was his passion and what he wanted to pursue.
Moved to LA after military to pursue his dream career in aviation. James currently is working as a control manager at the Los Angles Air Force base. James is thankful for his experience at Spartan because he made friends with this classmates and his instructors saw that he was dedicated and willing to put in the time.
Hear what James has to say in his testimonial below.
After spending six years in the Air Force, Spartan College graduate Justin Levesque was looking to get back into aviation. Finding Spartan College online, Justin made the move from Florida to Tulsa to study at Spartan.
Having a aviation electrician background from the Air Force Justin had very high standards for his education and instructors, standards that were met at Spartan College.
Matthew Newman wanted to fly as a teenager, but never considered doing it professionally as a career. This is until he he found Spartan College online. Living not far from the Tulsa campus, Matthew came in for an interview and tour of the campus, the rest is history.
Having no flight experience before enrolling, the Spartan instructors sat down and worked with Matthew to get everything down that he needed to know. Today, working as a flight instructor Matthew loves to see his students progress and succeed in the field.
Growing up with a father who worked at an airport, Spartan College Graduate Moe Bzeith knew as a young child he wanted to work in aviation. Spending his days as a child at the airport with his father watching the planes take off, Moe discovered his passion for flying.
Doing his research for colleges, Spartan stuck out to him, he liked that Spartan’s curriculum had him graduate faster, and the personal touch of having smaller classes were something that Moe was looking for.
Watch Moe’s full Flight Instructor testimonial in the video below.
Graduate of our Aviation Maintenance Program, Kevin Jenkins opens up about his experience at Spartan College. Making a move with his wife to Tulsa, Spartan College helped Kevin and his wife feel at home in their new city and lead him a rewarding career in aviation.
Watch Kevin’s testimonial below:
“My name is Kevin Jenkins and I graduated from Spartan College in April of ‘91
I grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and moved here shortly after getting married to go to school.
I chose to train in aviation maintenance due to my love of aircraft since being a very young age. I chose Spartan over several other places because I was looking for a strong name in the industry that had been nationally known to provide me with a job upon graduation.
Making the decision to move to Tulsa to go to school with a new wife was a big change for both of us. But we came here and Spartan make it feel like home, had a lot of help from all the employees, and make friends easily with the other students and the transition was fairly easy.
Upon graduation from Spartan school of aeronautics, I got hired by Delta Airlines through a recruiting visit, so I knew two weeks before graduation that I had already had a job at a major carrier.
They started us at the time as a mechanic helper for a period of time, basically a probationary period, then I moved into the full mechanic position, worked in the hanger for several years, ended up going into line maintenance, became an entry level supervisor and lead mechanic. Stayed in that position in various forms of line maintenance for about 13 years and accepted a position as a duty manager on the line domestic maintenance in Atlanta, and recently as of June last year accepted a promotion to station manager in Charleston, south Carolina.
I would strongly advise that you get your A and B licensing as quickly as possible so you are prepared and have the credentials to enter the professional market place.”