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Passages Newsletter - Winter 2008

CWU & Vietnam Collaborate on Aviation Program
By: Launius, Executive Director


CWU has one of the few Aviation majors in the USA.

At the beginning of Winter Quarter, 2008 CWU admitted 30 new students from Vietnam who are seeking BS degrees in Aviation Maintenance. These students are the first cohort in what is hoped to be a long series of such groups coming to us from a new Vietnamese exchange partner institution located in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. That partner is America Pacific University, a new private university emphasizing coursework in English, an international curriculum, and the opportunity for Vietnamese students to study abroad – particularly in the United States.

This project was first initiated in 2003 as part of an agreement reached between the Boeing Company, Vietnam Airlines, America Pacific University, and South Seattle Community College (SSCC). Airlines throughout Southeast Asia are rapidly expanding
services and VNA is no exception. In the course of expansion VNA bought planes from Boeing to add to its fleet, but quickly found that it needed to dramatically increase qualified staff to fly and maintain their aircraft, hence the agreement to train ground staff in the US at SSCC. CWU entered the picture when VNA decided that they should go on to earn four-year degrees to complete their training. CWU has one of the few Aviation
majors in the USA.

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