FNTI celebrates success of flight program for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students

First Nations Technical Institute

from CBC News:

A flight school aimed exclusively at Indigenous students is under financial pressure following a surge in applications.

The First Nations Technical Institute on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville, Ont., has operated a flight program for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students since 1989.

Enrolment in the program had dropped off in recent years, but the numbers have rebounded after the school put more efforts into marketing and outreach to youth on social media.

“Our students, once they solo, it’s on Facebook, it’s on Twitter. And then other First Nations youth see that, and they realize that it’s a possibility,” said Jo-Anne Tabobandung, the school’s chief flight instructor.

“We’ve seen such an increase that we’re limited to the number of students that we can bring in to the program. So, we have more applications than seats to offer.”

The school says it has received nearly 60 applications for the coming school year, but will have to cap the number of new students at 10.

Read more at CBC News here.