Recently Rattan 12th grade students visited the Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Students met with current students Kenley Costin, Tatiana Beach, Kyle Lions, Alex Craycraft- Ambassadors in Professional Pilot Program, and Cassie Woodward, Flight Administrator at the school. They discussed with the students the training process and becoming a pilot. The students and instructors spoke about the cost of training and certifications needed for graduation and getting a job after graduation. They also covered the physical, psychological, and legal standards for being a pilot, both privately and professionally. Students were allowed to sit in a training aircraft and a flight simulator that students used for training.
The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017 and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.