The Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL) hosted its first-ever completion ceremony on May 3, 2019 for the 300 students graduating from programs including Aviation Maintenance, Professional Pilot and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. This event was an opportunity for students to come together and celebrate with their families as well as the faculty and staff they have worked with throughout their program. Clint Grant, dean of Aviation, Business and Logistics addressed the students, as did Tom Harris, president of Alliance Air/Aviation Services. After their remarks, the students’ names were announced, and they were awarded a pin for completing their program. The lapel pins represent each of the programs currently located at CEATL including Logistics, Professional Pilot and Aviation Maintenance.
Due to the current social distancing restrictions in place because of COVID-19, faculty and administrators are currently assessing the completion ceremony for 2020 with possibilities of an August ceremony or inviting this year’s graduates to the 2021 ceremony. CEATL plans to continue to hold ceremonies annually and include new programs as they are added. In the 2020-2021 year, Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection will be added, and the following year, TCC’s welding program will expand to CEATL. Those programs’ graduates will be included in future completion ceremonies.