Thomasville Times Enterprise


November 14, 2013

Lively promotes aviation program

THOMASVILLE — Lively Technical Center’s Aviation School in Tallahassee, Fla., is visiting the high schools in Thomas County to bring awareness to their Airframe and Powerplant Certifications.

On Thursday morning, Thomas County Commissioner Phillip Brown introduced two of the center’s administration and a faculty member to Thomasville High School’s administration. Those representing the center were Principal Woody Hildebrandt, Assistant  Principal Randy Free and Aviation Instructor Joseph Garcia.

They talked to the administration about the benefits the aviation program offers high school students and its uniqueness to the tri-state area.

“It’s a great thing to do — an awesome program and unique opportunity. It’s all about career development and getting an early start in high school. It’s the only program close to here that offers this to students in such a short amount of time for an affordable price,” Joseph Garcia said.

Free talked about why they were in Thomasville talking to the high school’s administration.

“The purpose of these visits is to bring awareness to the aviation program. It’s not a competition with the local colleges because they do not offer this program. There are limited amounts of programs in the tri-state area. We want to make it possible for students to visit us on field trips. There are opportunities in this field all over the United States,” he said.

Lively Technical Center has been offering benefits for 76 years and offers 30 programs, including the aviation certification.  They work with the Tallahassee Regional Airport (Fla.) within the aviation program. About 60 students are currently enrolled in the program and will receive their certification in two years.

With all of the local airports and new aircraft coming about in the near future, Hildebrandt said, “A lot is going on in this area with aviation. Students have the potential to make $50-60,000 once getting the certificate. It’s good for students in this area, their careers and opportunities.”

On Dec. 11, the group plans to visit Thomas County Central High School and discuss the opportunities with their administration. For more information on Lively Center’s Airframe and Powerplant Technician Training Program, visit


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