Career Exploration Takes Flight

MMC students participate in Boeings DreamLearners program.

MMC students participate in Boeings DreamLearners program.

On March 12, 2014, more than 20 MMC students accompanied by faculty and board representatives traveled to Charleston, SC, to participate in Boeing’s DreamLearner program.

Students were greeted by a DreamLearner representative and received security badges before being to the  escorted from the Welcome Center of Boeing to the 88- 30.4 Tour Balcony, where they learned the history of Boeing and its developments in the aviation industry. From the balcony, students were able to witness five 747 Boeing planes being built. The tour also included hands-on activities and videos which demonstrated how the planes are built, countries which supply materials for the planes and why Boeing builds the safest, most efficient planes in the world.

The tour ended with the students dividing into five teams and building paper airplanes which competed in distance of flight as well as economy of building. Each team member assumed the role of either finance officer, mechanic, engineer, materials handler or pilot.

Students witness the construction of a Boeing 747.

Students witness the construction of a Boeing 747.

“This was the best field trip yet!,” emphasized one student. “I learned so much about the business of building airplanes and had a great time building my own paper airplane to test.”

Special thanks goes to MMC board members Elaine Delk of USC for arranging the trip and Dr. Kaye Shaw for helping fund the event through a grant awarded to Midlands Regional Education Center by the SC Commission on Higher Education.