Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) aviation alumni have found careers all over the country and world, including major airlines such as United Airlines, Jet Blue, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Republic Airways, and more. Although CCBC’s aviation alumni are scattered all over the world, CCBC is giving them a way to reconnect with and revisit their aviation roots.


With the goals of bringing aviation alumni together and giving them the opportunity to return to where their aviation careers started, Dana Donati, CCBC aviation alumna and current Dean of the School of Aviation Sciences, decided to plan the College’s first Aviation Alumni Hangar Party.


This event, which will see more than 100 CCBC aviation graduates landing back in Beaver County, is taking place on Saturday, March 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the College’s Aviation Sciences Center in Chippewa Township.


“We want to recognize our alumni and all of their accomplishments since graduating from CCBC,” said Dean Donati. “Many alumni recommend CCBC to potential students due to the history of quality training and the program’s reputation as one of the best in the nation. As career opportunities grow in all aviation fields, we also seek their help with continuing to spread the word about the aviation programs at CCBC.”


The party is open to all CCBC aviation alumni and their guests, and will show these former CCBC students-turned-pilots, air traffic controllers and aviation industry leaders how the campus and the programs have changed, including the most recent addition of an Aviation Academy for high school students.


In honor of CCBC’s 50th anniversary, this celebratory reunion will also serve as a memorial and dedication to Jim Johnson, who founded the College’s School of Aviation Sciences.


“CCBC’s aviation programs are ever-changing in order to help meet the needs of the future workforce. We aim to spark an early interest in aviation in students of all ages from across our region and our alumni serve as important mentors for these younger generations who are considering aviation careers,” said Donati.  


Featuring food and drink from “around the world”, the cost to attend is $65 per person, and media are invited as special guests. Attendees may also register and pay at the door.


For more information about the Aviation Alumni Hangar Party, contact Dana Donati, Dean of the CCBC School of Aviation Sciences, at dana.donati@ccbc.edu or 724-480-3608.


To learn more about the CCBC School of Aviation Sciences, visit www.ccbc.edu/aviationsciences.


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CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,800 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. In 2017, the Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges.