Junior Achievement City in SLC gets model air traffic control tower courtesy of Hill AFB

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Col. Aaron Blum, 75th Air Base Wing, with Maj. Shayne Carroll, 4th Figher Squadron, cuts the ceremonial ribbon during Junior Achievement City’s grand opening of their model air traffic control tower in Salt Lake City. The tower was built courtesy of Hill Air Force Base. Junior Achievement City is an interactive learning environment where students […]

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Officials from Hill Air Force Base helped open a model air traffic control tower in Salt Lake’s Junior Achievement City. 

In JA City, the tower is part of an interactive learning environment where students participate in real-life careers in business, government, utilities, and now, the United States Air Force.

The city is run by Junior Achievement of Utah an organization whose goal is to: “Give students from kindergarten to high school the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.” 

Col. Aaron Blum, 75th Air Base Wing, interacts with ‘pilot’ Skip Waugh, a 5th grader from Snow Horse Elementary in Kaysville, during Junior Achievement City’s grand opening of their model air traffic control tower in Salt Lake City. The tower was built courtesy of Hill Air Force Base. Junior Achievement City is an interactive learning environment where students participate in real-life careers.

 “We really wanted to create something that promoted STEM careers and also represented the strong connection between Hill Air Force Base and the community,” said Alison Sturgeon, manager of the STEM outreach program at Hill.

“Aircraft don’t fly without pilots and software. At Hill Air Force Base alone we hire nearly 200 engineers and computer scientists each year,” Sturgeon said. “Getting students interested in STEM careers early is very important and we are excited to have this tower be a part of JA City.”

The city is located in the Gateway Mall located near the Clark Planetarium at 444 West 100 South in Salt Lake City. 

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