|The Education & Interactive Zone is located is located on the corner of Waukau Avenue and Knapp Street Road, kitty-corner from the control tower.
June 13, 2013 - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will offer a number of new activities and displays this year, including the Education & Interactive Zone (EIZ) which also contains the EAA College Park presented by American Airlines - an area designated for companies and colleges to network with young people and display what they have to offer to potential employees and students.
EIZ/College Park is located on the corner of Waukau Avenue and Knapp Street Road, kitty-corner from the control tower.
"College Park will highlight EAA's commitment to education and youth by creating a venue that showcases aviation education programs and interactive exhibits," said Holly Williams, EAA business relations manager.
More than 15 colleges and universities will be represented at the EIZ, ranging from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to the local Fox Valley Technical College, as well as a number of other universities including Ohio State, Arizona State, and others.
"I'm excited to have our aviation programs be part of College Park, because it provides a one-stop shopping center for prospective students to find the aviation training program that best fits their needs," said Jared Huss of Fox Valley Technical College. "Students can easily compare and contrast the many options they have in front of them and make the choice that's best for their future."
Some of the businesses participating this inaugural year are Disney, HISTORY®, the United States Air Force, and College Park co-sponsor American Airlines.
Captain Bart Roberts is a retired Navy pilot and chief pilot of line operations for American Airlines. "We jumped at the opportunity to be part of a venue with so many young, like-minded people," he said.
Roberts also noted that the recent industry downturn has not "painted a picture of opportunity" within the aviation community, and he said he thinks College Park will help encourage young people to follow their dreams and pursue careers in aviation.
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and Redbird Simulators will be at AirVenture for the second year with their Pilot Proficiency Project that offers forums followed by simulator scenarios related to the lessons taught.
In addition to collegiate and occupational networking, there are plenty of fun activities in store for students. Many of the displays will be interactive, including a video gaming promotion by Wargaming.net and its upcoming release, World of Warplanes.
A designated area within the EIZ is called "The Quad," where college students can mingle and relax. On Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m., the College Park will host a job fair, giving attendees the opportunity to meet with notable aviation companies to explore the variety of careers that exist within the aviation community.
EAA has also scheduled the second annual College Mixer, presented by American Airlines and supported by Jeppesen and Wargaming.net. On Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m., students can enjoy food, music, and a relaxed atmosphere while exploring some of the top aviation colleges and programs as well as casually interact with one another. This is a free event, but attendees are required to register by July 12.
EIZ/College Park will surely be popular stops for young people at AirVenture, and Capt. Roberts couldn't have summed it up better.
"At College Park we are able to meet face to face with young people to generate interest and appreciation for the entire aviation community," he said. "And that's what EAA is all about."