Aviation careers lift off at CABAA event

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Aviation careers lift off at Lewis University’s Chicago Area Business Aviation Association event

Published: October 19, 2013.

Networking and discovering new career opportunities fueled the recent Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) event at Lewis University. Aviation professionals offered their experiences and established mentoring relationships with the students in the Lewis University hanger in Romeoville. The professionals told students that the sky is the limit in aviation, broadening the students’ perspectives on job opportunities.

“We look forward to this opportunity every year as we connect our students with aviation professionals that share their accomplishments and provide valuable insights on how students can achieve their own success,” said Bill Brogan, chair of Aviation and Transportation Studies at Lewis University.

This year’s event featured keynote speaker Dr. Susan R. Shea, division of aeronautics director at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Shea shared her insight and aviation expertise with the students in attendance. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Illinois University and her doctorate in public administration from Southern Illinois University. Previous to joining IDOT as the first female director of aeronautics, she served as the chairperson and finance commissioner of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield for 13 years. She currently serves as the Illinois representative on the Chicago/Gary airport board of commissioners and has overall responsibility for the planning and land acquisition for the South Suburban Airport Project. Shea is an educator by training, having served as a teacher, administrator, lecturer, lobbyist and adjunct professor for the University of Illinois at Springfield.

CABAA has been supportive of future aviation business professionals through various scholarship opportunities. Lewis University alumni Brian Zankowski of Elburn was among nine 2013 CABAA scholarship winners. CABAA also provides the Flight Safety Professional Training Award and Maintenance Award annually.

Lewis University has the oldest aviation program among universities in Illinois. It is the only aviation program in the state that has an airport on campus. Lewis University offers undergraduate degrees in Aviation Administration, Aviation Maintenance Management, Air Traffic Control Management, Aviation Security and Aviation Flight Management. The university also offers a graduate degree in Aviation Transportation on campus or online.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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