First Graduates of Groves High Aviation Program Sign with Gulfstream

Staff Report

Friday, June 9th, 2023

Groves High School is providing opportunities for students to get a head start in aviation maintenance and manufacturing.  Thanks to the partnership between Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, Savannah Technical College, and Gulfstream Aerospace, three students were honored Wednesday, May 17, 2023 as the first graduates of the Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing program to commit to employment at Gulfstream Aerospace, which began in 2020.

These students, along with their classmates, completed courses and training from Savannah Tech instructors to earn certificates in the area of aircraft assembly technician, composite technician, and an aircraft structural diploma.  After graduation, these promising students began their full-time positions at Gulfstream to directly apply the skills and knowledge they learned at Groves High School to their new roles.

“It was a great opportunity for us to contribute to the community, invest in what we would like to shape in terms of workforce planning and also be a part of investing in our future pipeline," said Mr. Robert Medina, General Manager of the Savannah Gulfstream Service Center.

The Aviation Maintenance program is a four-year program housed at Robert W. Groves High School. Upon program acceptance, students receive courses and training from Savannah-Chatham County instructors and Savannah Tech instructors to earn certificates in the areas of Aircraft Assembly Technician I & II, Composite Technician, and an Aircraft Structural Diploma.  The certificates are received through Savannah Tech.  Upon graduation, students are interviewed and possibly offered positions at Gulfstream.    

See more photos from the signing ceremony here.