The Horizon College is working on developing a unique program. Named Aero +, it aims to interest students in learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics by introducing them to the field of aerospace.
The project was born from the desire to revamp the scientific component offered to students. “As we have several companies in the region that work in the aeronautics and aerospace sector, we saw the opportunity to focus on that,” explains Étienne Houle, deputy director at the Collège de l’Horizon. . It is a sector unknown to the general public, but many jobs are attached to it. ”
Ultimately, the project will enable students to obtain a double degree: a high school diploma and a vocational studies diploma (DEP) in aerospace structure assembly.
“Here at school, we welcome first and second secondary students. They will work, among other things, with flight simulators and drones to do programming. They will also visit companies. The rest of the program will then be offered at the Académie les Estacades for the third, fourth and fifth secondary. At least that is what is planned for the moment, the project is not yet completed, ”specifies Mr. Houle.
Due to the health crisis, the setting up of the project was delayed. However, the deputy director assures us that the program will start within a few weeks. “We are in the process of installing an aerolab in the school,” he said. We think we can start after the holidays. Our first class will be made up of fifteen students to run the project. After that, it will be full classes. It will be an option integrated into the subject grid. ”
The Aéro + program is supported by several partners, including Desjardins, AAR Aircraft Services – Trois-Rivières and Innovation et Développement économique (IDE) Trois-Rivières. Recently, Desjardins announced an investment of $ 450,000 to support the academic success of students in the region. For the current school year, eight projects have been selected, including that of the Collège de l’Horizon.