The West Michigan Aviation Academy is preparing to graduate its first class, four years after Dick DeVos announced he was starting the charter public school.
Walk down the halls of the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids, and often, something unusual happens.
Without prompting, high school students wearing the same blue monogrammed shirts will step up, look you straight in the eye, pump your right hand with a hearty shake and introduce themselves by name.
The West Michigan Aviation Academy broke ground on another building Wednesday, which will add a two-story structure next to the school’s existing building.
Former astronaut Mark Kelly told students at West Michigan Aviation Academy Wednesday morning that their education is giving them what it takes to be tomorrow’s leaders in aviation.
“No matter where they live in our area, children can get a best-in-class education empowering them and their careers to take flight to any altitude they imagine,” DeVos said.