SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

February 26, 2008 09:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: High School Career Counselors and Students Get Ready for Take-Off

VAN NUYS, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) -

WHAT:     More than 60 career counselors from over 35 area middle and high
          schools will attend a free half-day forum aimed at enabling
          students interested in aviation and aerospace careers to let
          their dreams take flight. Sponsored by Van Nuys Airport and the
          Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, Flight Path to the
          Future will provide counselors and other educators tools and
          resources to guide students interested in both professional and
          career technical occupations through panel discussions, keynote
          speakers and exhibits.

          The same day, more than 20 San Fernando High School students will
          "shadow" adult mentors who work at Van Nuys Airport in various
          professional and trade occupations, from aircraft management and
          sales to airfield operations and maintenance. The counselors and
          students will come together at lunch to share their experiences.

          Excellent opportunity for visuals of students participating in
          hands-on work activities and to interview school counselors,
          parent representatives and educators.

WHEN:     Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, starting at 8:30 a.m.

          Flight Path to the Future Schedule (career counselors and
          9 a.m.             Remarks by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tony
                             Cárdenas and LAUSD Board Member Julie
          9:30 a.m. - Noon   Professional and career technical panel
          Noon               Keynote address by Ronald A. Ramos, Director
                             of Expendable Propulsion Programs, Pratt and
                             Whitney Rocketdyne

          Job Shadow Schedule (students)
          9 a.m.             Airfield bus tour
          9:35 a.m.          Job shadowing (students depart with mentors to
                             work locations)

WHO:      Participants:
          --  About 60 career counselors representing 35 schools serving
              70,200 students
          --  Approximately 20 students from San Fernando High School
          --  Panelists representing aviation trade and professional
              occupations, including officials or instructors from Embry
              Riddle Aeronautical University, Mount San Antonio College,
              U.S. Naval Academy, Education Career Center-North Valley
              Campus, Glendale College, Hawker Beechcraft Services, Los
              Angeles World Airports and more!

WHERE:    Flight Path to the Future Career Counselors Forum: Go to the main
          entrance of the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7727 Valjean Ave., anytime
          between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Parking will be validated.

          Job Shadow: Call Diana Sanchez at (818) 909-3529 in advance to
          observe students on the airfield bus tour and in the workplace.

CONTACT:  VNY alone currently supports over 12,500 jobs. Thousands of jobs
          are expected to be available in LA County by 2014 in areas like
          aerospace engineering, aircraft/service mechanic work,
          installation and maintenance and more. The Flight Path to the
          Future event will help counselors learn how to better direct
          students into these fields, often based on vital math and science
          skills, and enhance this region's competitiveness.