JANS – The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) announced the successful completion of the 4th annual JMAA Education and Training Academy in partnership with Jackson Public Schools (JPS), and Jackson State University (JSU). The JET-A Class of 2023 celebrated their graduation on Fri., June 16, at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) with a ceremony honoring their accomplishments throughout the week-long program.
The JET-A Aviation Academy, a collaborative effort between JMAA, JPS, and JSU, expanded its reach by including JROTC students from Madison Central High School and Raymond and Terry high schools with the aim to introduce them to the world of aviation, igniting their passion for the industry, and provide them with valuable insights and experiences to shape their future career paths. This year’s program was a tremendous success, with students participating in a variety of engaging activities and gaining hands-on exposure to various aspects of aviation.
During the graduation ceremony, students were commended for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence throughout the program. JMAA Chief Executive Officer Rosa M. Beckett expressed her pride and appreciation, stating, “You are the future! You are the ones who will take our industry to another level…a level that perhaps you may not have imagined before this week…but make no mistake, all of us here believe in you, or we would not be here. You are our future! You are the future of aviation!”
Superintendent of Jackson Public Schools Errick L. Greene expressed gratitude to JMAA and its partners, stating, “I’m excited that you’ve had this exposure. Whether you decide to go into the field of aviation or not, something tells me you will remember this experience for the rest of your lives. Use it for fuel for whatever you choose to do.”
The highlight of the graduation ceremony was the keynote speech delivered by Brigadier General Robert Crear. His words resonated deeply with the students, igniting their motivation and inspiring them to strive for greatness in their future endeavors. “Commit yourself to excellence. Make sure that whatever you do, you do it to the best of your ability. Whatever you’re required to do, do it, and then some.”
As parents, family, and friends looked on with pride, the students were presented with certificates of completion, JET-A gold medals, and were pinned, all to symbolize their achievements throughout the week. The ceremony was followed by a reception, providing an opportunity for attendees to celebrate the accomplishments of the JET-A Class of 2023.