WAI Concludes Successful First Virtual Conference

March 13, 2021 – The 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. during WAI’s first virtual conference on March 11-12, 2021.

“We made the decision last fall – for the safety of all our attendees during the pandemic – to take our annual gathering to an all-virtual platform with the goal of delivering the same content to include a wide variety of keynote speakers and exhibitors, seven education session tracks, professional development seminars and workshops, scholarship awards, and the Pioneer Hall of Fame induction ceremony,” said Women in Aviation International (WAI) CEO Allison McKay.

“Our strength is in the celebration of so many like-minded women who come together to share their passion for aviation and aerospace, and we successfully delivered that opportunity this week at WAI2021. From a NASA astronaut, top-level women executives, engineers, pilots of all levels right through young students, and all aerospace professions, we are united in a desire to help one another and further our careers and personal lives,” she added. (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Sponsors Women in Aviation International Virtual Events March 11-13: Virtual Exhibit Hall Participant, Pioneer Hall of Fame Virtual Ceremony and Girls In Aviation Day


CANTON, Mich., and HOUSTON, Texas (March 10, 2021) – MIAT College of Technology is sponsoring the Pioneer Hall of Fame Ceremony from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST on March 12 as part of the 2021 Women in Aviation International Virtual Conference.  The Women in Aviation International Virtual Conference, which will be held March 11 and March 12, includes a virtual exhibit hall, educational sessions, professional development sessions, student forums, and receptions.

MIAT College of Technology is also serving as a Woman in Aviation International Virtual Conference  exhibitor March 11 and March 12 and as a supporter of the free Women in Aviation International’s Girls in Aviation Day Reno virtual event on March 13. The Girls in Aviation Day Reno virtual event targets girls and boys ages 8 to 17. The Girls in Aviation Day Reno event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon PST, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST, and noon to 2 p.m. EST with female leaders of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli as special guests. MIAT female aviation maintenance instructors contributed video messages of encouragement to young people who will participate in Girls in Aviation Day Reno on March 13. (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Introduces New Faculty for its Welding and Aviation Training Programs

HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 19, 2020) –  MIAT College of Technology is pleased to announce the addition of three employees at its Houston campus to assist with student instruction and growth of the college’s programs.

Terry Hummons joined the Houston campus of MIAT as a Welding Instructor. Hummons received the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified welder certificate and a NCCER welding instructor certificate from Safety Star School of Welding in Nederland, Texas. Since then, he has been employed in welding/fitter roles at Pump Works, Whirlwind Steel Buildings and Components, Piping Technology and Products, Lonestar Shipyard, Safety Star Industrial, and Auto Beauty Center in Houston and Southeast Texas. He also has been a welding instructor at Tulsa Welding School in Houston and Safety Star Industrial in Nederland. Hummons is proficient in SMAW, SAW, FCAW, GTAW and GMAW processes. 


Luis Bonilla joined the Houston campus of MIAT as a Welding Instructor. He received a  welding certification from the former SPARC Academy in Houston, Texas in 2016. Since then, he has held been employed in pipe welding/fitter, hardfacer, and fabricator positions at Sesco Cement, AVANTech Inc., Koch Heat Transfers, Weldfit Energy Group, Shielding Dynamics, NFAB Inc., Trinity Industries, and Osies Inc. in Houston and Granite Peak Fabrication in Casper, Wyoming. Bonilla is proficient in: API code downhill E 6060, welding nuclear code (NQA1), GTAW, FCAW, SMAW, GMAW, oxyfuel hardfacing, AWS d1.1, and ASME.  



Sarah Hussing joined the Houston campus of MIAT as an Aviation instructor. Hussing received her Associate degree in Applied Science – Aviation Maintenance Technology from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 2013. Since then, she has been employed as an airframe and powerplant mechanic performing inspections and maintenance for Plane Techs/Launch TWS in Duluth, Minnesota and Aero Turbine in Goodyear, Arizona. She has familiarity with maintenance requirements on aircraft such as the A319 and A320 series, V2500, CFM56, 80hr A320 series Gen. Fam., Q400, and Boeing (717, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, MD80, MD11, DC9 and DC10).



MIAT College of Technology’s Canton Campus President, Jennifer Paugh, Elected to Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools Board of Directors

CANTON, Mich. (Nov. 18, 2020) –  Jennifer Paugh, president of MIAT College of Technology’s Canton, Mich. campus, was recently elected to the Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OMACCS) board of directors. Her term is effective immediately and runs through November 2022. The OMACCS unifies the voices of nearly 300 career colleges and schools to legislators and regulators within the two states.

The OMACCS guiding principles include developing relationships and fostering communication with state, regional, and federal entities; supporting excellence in career education; maintaining ethical and professional standards with the highest integrity; and serving as advocates for career education.

“I’m incredibly excited to further represent the state of Michigan during my term on the OMACCS board and further the interests of the organization as a whole,” commented Paugh. “Career education is especially dear to me as I have devoted almost 20 years of my 22 years in higher education specifically to this sector. I am passionate about its future, its impact, and the graduates and industries we continue to support.”

OMACCS keeps in regular contact with the state licensing boards of Michigan and Ohio, accrediting commissions, and state and regional professional agencies, and provide up-to-the-minute information to the Ohio and Michigan General Assemblies, Ohio Board of Regents, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. The organization also provides student scholarships and tuition assistance to provide higher education opportunities to students who are seeking career education.

“MIAT has long been a leader in trades education most specifically in aviation maintenance, and now with a whole suite of skilled trades programs. Working with the OMACCS board will allow MIAT to leverage our action and influence for positive progress in local legislation and multi-statewide career college support,” said Paugh. (more…)

The USAF and M1 Support Services Donate Business Jet Engine to MIAT College of Technology’s Houston Campus Airframe and Powerplant Technician Program


HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 05, 2020) –  The United States Air Force (USAF) and its industry partner, M1 Support Services, donated a business jet training aid to MIAT to further the education of next generation Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics (https://miat.edu/programs/aviation/airframe-powerplant-technician/).  The TFE-731 Turbofan Engine is found on business jets such as a Learjet 35/36, Dassault Falcon 900 A/B, and Hawker 900 aircraft. The college currently has 323 students enrolled in this two-year program who receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification after completing the curriculum requirements.

“Without airworthy aircraft, the Air Force mission or any other aviation mission, would not be possible,” commented Michael Charles Lauer, C-21 program manager Commercial Derivative Aircraft Division, United States Air Force. “We hope this engine will facilitate learning by providing an opportunity for hands on experience and familiarization with the same technology and equipment that is in service today on both civil and military platforms.” (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus “Soar” Marketing Video Earns a 2020 Silver Telly Award with Creative Support from Mnemonic Agency, Proves Effective in Supporting Recruiting and Enrollment Goals

HOUSTON, Texas (June 23, 2020) –  The Houston Campus of MIAT College of Technology and Mnemonic Agency have earned one silver 2020 Award in the Local TV General-Schools/Colleges/Universities category for their collaborative development of MIAT’s 30-second video entitled “Soar.”

MIAT operates campuses in Houston and in the Detroit metro area.  MIAT’s Houston team is using the video for marketing and public relations, recruiting, job fairs, and community relations purposes. The video is available below:

Sehban Zaidi, creative manager with Houston-based Mnemonic Agency, worked closely with MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president John Willis, his faculty, staff, students and alumni to produce the “Soar” video last year.  Aaron Long, a senior marketing consultant and founder of the Longstation marketing and graphic design firm , also served on the project team.  Since summer 2019, the video has aired extensively via Comcast,  AT&T U-verse  and Direct TV on numerous television channels such as ESPN, ID, MTV,  TBS, TNT and many others. It also has been viewed and shared extensively via MIAT’s social media platforms, digital marketing campaigns, the MIAT.edu Web site, and MIAT YouTube Channel. (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus to Host 2020 Career Fair for Students, Alumni and Employers on Feb. 6, Additional Employers Welcome

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 3, 2020) — MIAT College of Technology’s Houston campus faculty and staff are hosting the 2020 Career Fair for its students and graduates on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. The Career Fair will be held on campus at 533 Northpark Central Drive, Houston, Texas 77073

MIAT’s 2020 Career Fair provides an opportunity for its students and graduates to meet employers who have immediate hiring needs for entry-level positions.  MIAT offers certificate and associate degree programs for day and night students. Students can choose aviation maintenance, energy, HVACR, non-destructive testing, and welding technician programs.

“This career fair is designed to assist recent grads and soon to be grads a chance to meet with employers.  For many employers in Houston and other parts of the county, the high demand nature of their openings requires them to actively recruit future workers to their company.  Many want to be the first to meet with graduates,” commented John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president. (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Introduces Non-Destructive Testing Program at Houston Campus, First Class to Begin Jan. 28

HOUSTON, Texas (Jan. 8, 2020) –  MIAT College of Technology is now offering a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technician program at its Houston campus.  This program incorporates theoretical lectures supported by hands-on learning platforms that will produce quality entry-level technicians who will have sound practical, technical and theoretical non-destructive testing knowledge upon their graduation. MIAT’s first Non-Destructive Testing class will begin Jan. 28.   The technician program can be completed in seven months, and the advanced program can be completed in nine months. 

Graduates of this new program  will support a wide range of industrial sectors, which include, but are not limited, to energy production (for example, power plants, wind farms, and oil and gas exploration and production companies) ; aviation; manufacturing; and construction. 

“With more than 50 years of career college experience, MIAT is uniquely positioned to offer hands-on training in a shorter period than traditional four-year universities can deliver. Our school equips   the workplace with entry-level technicians who can hit the ground running,” commented John Willis, MIAT Houston campus president. “It is common knowledge that the United States is facing a growing gap in  skilled workers. Employers are seeking to fill positions that are being vacated by Baby Boomer retirements. Across the country, an increasing number of government entities and businesses are becoming more  engaged in initiatives to prepare students for careers in professional trades that can lead to rewarding and good-paying careers within less time. I am honored that employers have come to know and trust MIAT as an effective solution.” (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Welcomes International Students as a Student and Exchange Visitor Program-Certified School through U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Provides Aviation Maintenance Training to Foreign Military as Sub-Contractor


HOUSTON, Texas (July 23, 2019) – The Houston Campus of MIAT College of Technology is accepting and training international students as a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  In addition, MIAT was selected through a federal government proposal process as a sub-contractor to provide training for foreign military personnel on the Cessna C-208 aircraft. This training encompasses both power plant and avionics operation.

The SEVP Program is a part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on nonimmigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is to be students. (Source: https://www.ice.gov/sevis)   The process to secure this SEVP certification took over 12 months to complete, required significant documentation, and included an on-site visit to the Houston campus.  Listed among key areas that investigators assessed during the vetting process were the availability of qualified personnel, verification of facilities and equipment for instruction and training, compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements, and ability to deliver  educational programs that meet a professional, academic, or vocational objective.  (more…)

United Airlines Becomes Newest Sponsor of MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Classroom With Focus on Developing and Recruiting Skilled Workers

HOUSTON, Texas (July 17, 2019) – United Airlines has become one of the newest sponsors of a classroom at the  Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology. One of several Houston area employers focused on developing and recruiting skilled workers, United Airlines initiated a collaborative relationship with faculty and staff of MIAT in Houston in 2015 when the college expanded its aviation maintenance program.

MIAT offers career education and training programs that support the need for skilled workers in high demand fields such as aviation maintenance, energy, industrial manufacturing, wind power, welding, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR). 

MIAT College of Technology  offers opportunities for Houston area employers to sponsor classrooms at no cost. Terms and conditions apply to MIAT’s classroom sponsorship  for the purposes of clarifying the commitment and expectations by and for all parties involved.

“I am extremely thankful for the involvement of United Airlines in our career college and for expanding its relationship with us . By volunteering to become a classroom sponsor this year, United Airlines puts itself in an excellent position to achieve ‘top of mind’ recognition from our students. Like other classroom sponsors on our campus, United Airlines is hoping to be viewed as a future employer of choice when our students graduate from our program,” explained John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president. (more…)