Aircraft maintenance students take home scholarships

3/25/2008 4:10:04 PM

Two students from the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology program recently received $1,000 scholarships from Air Canada Jazz. From left are Aviation Programs Coordinating Instructor Frank Slaney and scholarship winners Ellie Veinotte and Carsten Schneider.

Two students of College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology program recently received scholarships from Air Canada Jazz.

First-year students Carsten Schneider and Ellie Veinotte each took home a $1,000 scholarship.

Schneider, 30, received the Air Canada Jazz Scholarship based on academic merit. He was nominated by instructors from the Aircraft Maintenance program.

“It feels pretty good to know that the instructors nominated me for this scholarship,” says Schneider. “I worked as an Aircraft Mechanic for eight years in the German Air Force, and ended up in Goose Bay where I intend to live for the next couple of years. To get my certification to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Canada, I have to take this program, but I like it.”

Schneider says he looked into several schools before choosing CNA.

“I did some research online to find out where to go to school and I listened to what friends recommended. It is a good program – the course layout is tightly packed, but we will be done within two years.”

Originally from Germany, Schneider is currently studying under a study permit while his permanent residence application is being processed.

Meanwhile, 19 year-old Veinotte of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia says she was honored to receive the Air Canada Jazz Employment Equity Scholarship.

To be eligible for the Air Canada Jazz Employment Equity Scholarship the recipient has to be a female international or aboriginal student, studying in the first year of CNA’s AME program.

“It feels awesome to have won the scholarship! It was a big financial help to me, and it was used to pay my tuition for the second semester of my first year. I decided to take aircraft maintenance because it''s a clean and safe environment, with well paying jobs and a high job demand. I''ve always been interested in aircrafts and mechanics, so it seemed like it would be a good career choice for me. The course is great, and love what I''m doing in school every day!”

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Glenda McCarthy
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College of the North Atlantic
(709) 643-6408